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The Newest Police Crimefighting Tool: Podcasts

True-crime podcasts have been hosted mostly by investigative journalists, comedians and other media personalities. But after California police used one to track down a runaway suspected killer in Mexico, other law enforcement agencies have embraced the medium as a more effective tool for solving cold cases than “Wanted” posters.

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‘You Can’t Solve Domestic Terrorism with an Algorithm’

Social media firms have been scrambling to crack down on domestic terrorist threats ahead of the inauguration and beyond, but experts say their efforts are only temporary solutions. For one thing, the lack of industry-wide coordination around the issue means fringe movements can easily migrate to smaller platforms, and often darker corners of the web, say the experts.

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‘Death to the Decadent Republic’: How Social Media Fueled DC Riot

Social media played a key role in Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol Building, with sites favored by the far-right such as Parler and Gab sharing information on which streets to take to avoid the police and which tools would pry open doors. Meanwhile, Facebook announced it will ban President Trump “indefinitely.”

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COVID-19 Fuels Rise in East-West Cyberwarfare

Despite indictments, Russian saboteurs–some linked to the Russian military–have targeted millions of employees of major U.S. firms in a new escalation of East-West cyberwarfare. Chinese and North Korean hackers are also becoming a distributor of “weaponized” social media, according to security experts.