As an expert warns of civil war in the wake of the Rittenhouse verdict, armed militia groups use TikTok to spread conspiracies.


As an expert warns of civil war in the wake of the Rittenhouse verdict, armed militia groups use TikTok to spread conspiracies.

IN RECENT YEARS, TOOLED-UP militias have taken to platforms like TikTok to share extremist content and spread ludicrous conspiracy theories.

Far-right movements were “emboldened” under former President Trump, according to Isabel Sawkins of the Henry Jackson Society, who fears the US will slide further into civil war in the aftermath of Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial.

Following the death of George Floyd by a police officer on May 25, 2020, a wave of protests swept the country in cities.

On August 23, riots erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after Jacob Blake was shot by cops and left partially paralyzed.

In the midst of the chaos, Rittenhouse, then 17, vowed to “protect businesses” in Kenosha and traveled to the area armed with an AR-15-style rifle.

Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, on August 25, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz.

He was acquitted of murder and attempted murder over the shootings on Friday after persuading a jury that he acted in self-defense.

According to Sawkins, the case could further divide the country and embolden militias.

According to Sawkins, the 1993 Waco standoff and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing were pivotal moments in the mobilization of the American militia movement.

Officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms attempted to carry out a search and arrest warrant after learning that the religious cult Branch Davidians had illegal weapons on their premises.

The FBI agents opened fire, resulting in a 51-day siege.

Cops used tear gas in an attempt to evict the Branch Davidians from their Mount Carmel Center compound before it caught fire.

According to a letter published in the Buffalo News and cited by CNN, domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh wanted vengeance for the Waco siege and considered bombing a “legitimate tactic” against a tyrannical government.

At least 168 people were killed and more than 680 were injured in the Oklahoma City bombing.

It is still the deadliest act of domestic terrorism ever committed on US soil.

Militias felt “unrepresented” under President Obama in recent years, while their ideas were “emboldened” under Trump, according to Sawkins.

When it comes to explaining the rise of militias, Sawkins believes that the rise of social media has played a large role.

“Unquestionably, social media has played a major role,” she said.

Society benefits from it as well as suffers from it.

People can use it to create echo chambers.

“Algorithms exist on social media sites, which means that if you choose one thing, it will show you more.”

Sawkins claims that there isn’t enough policing on social media sites, claiming that extremists have shifted away from Facebook and Twitter to…

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