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Despite a crackdown on social media content that calls for violence, posts about conspiracy theories continue to proliferate on both fringe alt-right sites and mainstream platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

A report from the non-partisan nonprofit Advance Democracy found that four of the five most popular tweets about the inauguration between January 15 and 18 promoted conspiracies about COVID-19 and/or the election. The organization conducts public-interest research and investigations.

"As these false claims spread unchecked, it provides the fuel for other potential violence across the nation," said Advance Democracy President Daniel J. Jones.

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Snap and TikTok have been preparing for Inauguration Day.

Snap, where President-elect Joseph Biden's team has launched an augmented reality lens to take users to the ceremony, has devoted an internal task force to conduct "regular proactive sweeps" of its platform to ensure that its content is factual ahead of the inauguration, a company spokesperson said. TikTok, meanwhile, has updated its community guidelines around the event.

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