A trove of documents released by the Department of Justice reveals that their investigations leading to arrests in the Capitol riot focused almost entirely on big tech platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, with little to no mentions of Parler.
A stunning (to some) revelation that exposes the claim that Parler was uniquely responsible, and completely destroys big tech’s excuse for their deplatforming, wrote author A.M. Smith for En-volve.com.
The takedown of Parler was purportedly based on its unique role in fomenting hate online relating to its alleged outsize role in the events at the Capitol on January 6th.
Having spent a couple of days weeding through the DOJ’s published arrest reports, I found little mention of Parler, but plenty of alleged criminal conduct referencing Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, in the charging document, A.M. Smith explains citing numerous examples.
In the DOJ press release entitled, “Three Charged in Federal Court for Assaulting and Impeding Local and Federal Officers during U.S. Capitol Breach,” there is explicit mention of one of those charged posting a video to Facebook. There is no mention of Parler.
The affidavit also alleges that in a video post to his Facebook account, Fairlamb, carrying a collapsible baton like the one depicted in video in which he appears at the Capitol, remarks, “What Patriots do? We [expletive] disarm them and then we storm [expletive] the Capitol.”
In the DOJ press release entitled, “Two Massachusetts Residents Charged in Connection with Capitol Breach,” there is explicit mention of one of those charged posting to Twitter. There is no mention of Parler.
Photos posted on a Twitter account connected to Super Happy Fun America show Sahady on a bus with other individuals with the caption, “Bus 1 of 11 coming to Washington DC. See you there!”
According to the criminal complaint, Ianni is also involved with “Super Happy Fun America.” The complaint alleges that Ianni organized buses for Super Fun Happy America to transport individuals to Washington D.C. for the January 6, 2021 event. Ianni is pictured alongside Sahady in the bus photo on Twitter.
In the DOJ press release entitled, “New Mexico County Commissioner Charged for Breaching U.S. Capitol,” there is explicit mention of Facebook. There is no mention of Parler.
As alleged in the charging documents, on Jan. 9, 2021, law enforcement received a tip that Griffin, an Otero County, New Mexico, Commissioner was present at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and had posted videos to his Facebook page indicating that he intended to return to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2021, and “plant our flag” on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk.
An investigation into Griffin revealed that he is the founder of an organization called “Cowboys for Trump,” and that following the incident at the U.S. Capitol, Griffin posted a video to the Cowboys for Trump Facebook page in which he stated that he “climbed up on the top of the Capitol building and . . . had a first row seat.”
A.M. Smith’s post which is published on the 29th of January reflects only those materials the DOJ has made available at the time of his writing.
Smith explains that Parler is mentioned in only two out of the 19 DOJ press releases published to date.
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