The attempted coups in the United States in January 2021 and Brazil in January 2023 share a key element: In both cases, insurgents have skillfully moved across various social media platforms to create and spread narratives and mobilize their followers. A playbook for staging a coup is emerging, and governments and platforms have been slow to respond. More cooperation and transparency are required. While the European Union has at least created an appropriate legal framework, implementation will be challenging.
Social Media Give Insurgents the Advantage