WASHINGTON – Conservative social media network Parler referred violent content from its platform to the FBI more than 50 times in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 riot in the US Capitol. Police threats before the deadly attack.
In December, Parler began alerting the office to content that suggested the possibility of violence on Capitol Hill as Congress met to confirm President Biden’s victory, the company wrote in a letter to the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Representatives, who is investigating Parler and his role in the siege. .
The social networking site forwarded a series of posts to law enforcement, including one on December 24 from a user calling for an “armed force” of 150,000 people to “react to the events of the January 6 Congress,” according to the letter. , which included publication and communications with FBI officials among its exhibits and has been reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Parler said he sent the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Jan.2 a series of posts from a user saying he would wear body armor at the pro-Trump rally on Jan.6. “It is no longer a protest,” Parler quoted. post as saying. “This is one last position where we are drawing the red line on Capitol Hill. I am confident that the American people will take America back with force and many are ready to die to take back #USA. “
In another post, a Parler user made it clear that there would be armed people on Capitol Hill that day, saying that “they may be hidden at first, but if Congress does the wrong thing, expect real chaos because Trump needs us to cause chaos to enact the #insurrectionacto. “