A number of social media and other tech companies have been ordered to preserve evidence as law enforcement investigates the attack carried out by Donald Trump’s supporters on the U.S. Capitol. The attackers used these platforms to plan their crimes, then, afterward, to share photos, videos, and boasts documenting the attack. A United States Senator is warning these companies to maintain these records as evidence. On at least one site, rather than agreeing to cooperate with law enforcement, a CEO is boasting that MAGA won’t be silenced — in fact, he says, there’s more to come.
Fox5DC‘s Tom Fitzgerald shared a statement from Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) broadcasting that he has sent letters to 11 tech and media companies, including Facebook, Gab, Parler, and Twitter, as well as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, directing them to preserve evidence shared on their networks documenting the terror attack by Trump supporters on Washington DC.
Just In: Virginia Senator @MarkWarner has told the CEO’s of 11 wireless and social media companies to immediately preserve content and meta-data connected to Wednesday’s riot at the United States Capitol. @Fox5DC pic.twitter.com/zgUhekSe1N
— Tom Fitzgerald (@FitzFox5DC) January 9, 2021
The directive comes after Trump’s ability to incite more violence has been limited by Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter all banning his accounts.
However, it hasn’t stopped his supporters from making further threats and boasts. In fact, Andrew Torba, CEO of Gab, a social media platform favored by right-wing extremists, says that Trump’s supporters aren’t going to be silenced after their failed attack on the Capitol.
“75 million+ of us won’t just go away. In fact, we’re going to get much, much louder,” he posted.
While Trump has a verified account on the site, it appears to only post copies of his tweets, and has no new posts since his Twitter account was suspended.
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