Following the Alexandria, Virginia shooting of five republican congress members, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, media outlets incessantly speculated how the shooting could have been predicted and prevented by authorities.
James T. Hodgkinson, the shooter, was eventually exposed as an abusive alcoholic with a criminal record. His online activity was overflowing with aggressive anti-republican propaganda. With that, indicators of concern based on Hodgkinson’s social media activity were assessed as minor and with insufficient cause for significant alarm.
Cobwebs Technologies was contacted to support the authorities with the use of Tangles, employing the solution to help answer the most critical and fundamental question revolving around the case: could this shooting have been prevented using web intelligence? And, how can solutions like Tangles be implemented to effectively anticipate similar hate-crime threats.
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