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The mob violence that descended on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was the culmination of weeks of incendiary rhetoric and increasingly feverish planning – much of which took place openly on websites popular with far-right conspiracy theorists.

Jared Holt spends a lot of time on those websites. He's a visiting research fellow with the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, where he has been focused on extremist online activity.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin explores the dark side of social media fame with Kathleen Barber’s Follow Me.

Title: Follow Me

Author: Kathleen Barber

Pages: 291

Publisher: Gallery Books

ISBN: 978-1982101985

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Russia's trolling specialists have evolved their disinformation and agitation techniques to become subtler and tougher to track, according to new research unveiled on Thursday.

A cache of Instagram posts captured by researchers showed that the Russians were "better at impersonating candidates" and that influence-mongers "have moved away from creating their own fake advocacy groups to mimicking and appropriating the names of actual American groups," wrote Young Mie Kim, a University of Wisconsin professor who analyzed the material with her team.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin takes to social media and gets a haunting message from the past in Friend Request by Laura Marshall.

Title: Friend Request

Author: Laura Marshall

Pages: 287

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 978-1478948513

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The volunteer firefighter in Franklin Township  who made a racist social media post has resigned.

A volunteer firefighter in Warren County has been suspended indefinitely after a social media post that stated he would save a dog from a burning building before a black person.