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Facebook is showing ads for military gear to far-right users, watchdog group says

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Despite last week’s insurrection, Facebook is continuing to show ads for weapon accessories, body armor, and other military gear on its site, according to the Tech Transparency Project (TTP), a nonprofit watchdog.

TPP said it found evidence to suggest the ads are being shown to Facebook users who have shown interest in far-right and militia groups.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday authorized the deployment of 500 members of the Arkansas National Guard to Washington, DC, in advance of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The Washington State Police is actively monitoring threats to the state capitol in Olympia and the agency is "preparing for anything," spokesperson Chris Loftis told CNN today.

He said the NYPD will be sending 200 officers to Washington, DC, to assist federal partners with the policing during the inauguration.

Out of an abundance of caution, Miller said, New Yorkers will see additional police resources around City Hall from Jan. 17 onwards, although he stressed there are no credible threats to New York City.

Authorities have arrested two men, including one who was pictured in the US Capitol last week holding a Confederate flag during a riot, according to the Department of Justice.

The father-son duo had come to the nation's Capitol on Jan. 6 "to hear President Trump speak," and marched to the Capitol following a person with a bullhorn, they told the FBI, according to the court record.

Colorado Democratic Rep. Jason Crow said that if President Trump wanted to stop the threat of any more violence in the US, he would say “outright” that President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

A man accused of striking a US Capitol Police Officer with a fire extinguisher during the Jan. 6 riots has been arrested, court documents show.

The Ohio National Guard is sending over 700 members to the nation's Capital that have “some very specific capabilities,” Major General John Harris said during a Thursday news conference.

Harris said Ohio has the “fifth largest National Guard the country,” and they are sending specific units that were requested by the federal government.

Additionally, Harris said they have sent “security type forces that can augment the law enforcement there in the National Capitol Region. ” 

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