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Conservative-friendly social media platforms are on the rise, as traditional platforms like Twitter and Facebook crack down on misleading or bogus posts.
As thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump swarmed Washington last week, a hacker archived their messages on Speak to help reconstruct the role the social media platform played in the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol.
Speak and @donk_enby did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s requests for comment.
Speaking is one of the social media platforms popular with conservatives and extremists that was used to plan the riots last week, according to the Atlantic Council. Other cities include Gab and MeWe.
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Talking turns dark: Amazon suspends social platform from web hosting services
Parler’s website went dark early Monday after Amazon’s web hosting service was suspended. It was the latest move by tech companies in response to the Capitol siege. Google and Apple have also removed the Talking app from their app stores.
“As Capitol metadata scientists and independent security researchers gain access to these scuffed message treasures – which include messages deleted after January 6 – we will see a clearer picture of the role Speaking played in the attack, ”said Paris.
A group of activist hackers have also recovered much of what happened on Speak before it went offline and plan to put it in a public archive, the Associated Press reported.
Downloading and archiving Parler’s content, including image files that can be linked to geographic locations, left Parler users unsettled, although law enforcement could probably have accessed the data anyway. and experts said the archive did not include information that was not publicly available.
Talking Archives: What’s in Data
Pirate @donk_enbyArchived material lives on ArchiveTeam.org. According to @donk_enby, “Only items accessible to the public via the Web were archived. ”
The archived material includes “original, unprocessed raw files uploaded to Parler with all associated metadata,” the hacker said on Sunday. The hacker later shared a tweet containing a screenshot of the metadata included in the download along with location data such as GPS longitude and latitude.
On Monday evening, she also tweeted where to find the “metadata for all 30TB of these videos”. The data cache is not yet easily readable by non-experts.
Speaking became popular among conservatives as a much more moderate forum during the 2020 presidential cycle, when Facebook and Twitter began to control and label content more aggressively.
Last week, after Facebook, Twitter and other mainstream social media platforms silenced President Donald Trump’s accounts over comments that prompted the assault on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, the platform of 2 Years welcomed a wave of new users and became the # 1 free iPhone app. But his growing popularity was short-lived, as tech companies like Amazon moved Speak for the role he played.
Parler CEO John Matze called the series of actions “a coordinated attack by tech giants to kill market competition.”
Matze reported that there was little chance of getting Talking back online anytime soon after “every provider, from text messaging, to email providers, to our lawyers, gave up on us all on the same day.” , he told Fox New Channel. Morning Futures. ”
Parler filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday, claiming that Amazon violated antitrust laws to harm Parler and help Twitter. He also alleged that Amazon violated its contract by failing to give 30 days notice before terminating Parler’s account. Amazon did not return the Associated Press’s request for comment on Monday, but told the court it planned to oppose the lawsuit.
Contributions: Jessica Guynn and Jessica Menton, USA TODAY; Associated press