Gizmodo has mapped nearly 70,000 geo-located Parler posts and on Tuesday isolated hundreds published on January 6 near the Capitol where a mob of pro-Trump supporters had hoped to overturn a democratic election and keep their president in power. The data shows Parler users posting all throughout the day, documenting their march from the National Mall to Capitol Hill where the violent insurrection ensued.
The FBI did not respond to a request for comment; however, Bureau investigators have already expressed an interest in examining Parler’s GPS data, according to a source with knowledge of the effort. The Parler data was first obtained by a hacker identified by her Twitter handle, @donk_enby, as reported by Gizmodo on Monday. Authorities have launched sprawling investigations across the country to locate suspects who took part in the siege.
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Gizmodo mapped 70,000 geo-located Parler posts and isolated hundreds from January 6 near the Capitol.
All this data is courtesy of Parler’s lax security, which allowed researchers to scrape users’ posts, metadata, and GPS coordinates. https://t.co/eRcfBMD7L1
— Nicole Perlroth (@nicoleperlroth) January 12, 2021