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Officials combed social media for information as violence flared

Officials combed social media for information as violence flared

City officials compiled a spreadsheet listing suspicious Twitter and other social media postings from the day rioting broke out (April 27), newly released documents show. Information circulating on social media claiming high school students would take place in a "purge" — or period of lawlessness — helped fuel tensions ahead of that Monday's violence, and the documents show that someone in city government continued to keep a close eye on people's Internet postings. The document lists 71 posts described as either "threats" or "chatter." It is not clear why posts were included on the list, who added them to the list or how the information...

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