Where the Far Right Is Meeting Now
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After Facebook and Twitter banned thousands of accounts in the wake of the Capitol riots, fringe groups are flocking to platforms like Signal and Telegram. With the inauguration just days away, and government officials warning of violence, QAnon believers and Stop the Steal protesters are now communicating in encrypted spaces. What, if anything, is being planned? 


Guest: 

Will Sommer, politics reporter at the Daily Beast


Host

Lizzie O’Leary

 

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Sidewalk Labs
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Taylor Owen, CIGI
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