Conspiracy theories collide online as Parler goes dark

Conspiracy theories collide online as Parler goes dark

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Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol last week, temporarily halting the certification of Joe Biden’s election as the next US president.

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When Apple, Amazon and Google booted the parlor from their platform following last week’s deadly riots on Capitol Hill, users of alternative social networks in favor of conservatives encouraged their followers to join the messaging app Telegram.

And they did.

In a public telegram group chat with about 16,000 members, a user named Miguel appealed to supporters of President Donald Trump to return to DC to push baseless claims that the November vote was stolen from the president. “Friends, every patriot to protest electoral fraud on January 21 at the White House,” the user posted for the chat, Parlor Lifeboat, recounts the day after the inauguration. Minutes later, another member named Michele shouted at fellow Maga fans to wave: “This is it [a] Set-up.”

This Trump supporter like exchange and countless others represent a collision of conspiracy theories in the world. QAnon It has been reported by some online observers to be a “cyp”, even if they are designed to plot, but also because of the crazy conspiracy theory that imagines Trump battling satanic sex traffickers, many Motivates supporters to attend their rallies. The protests organized to challenge the election results are a trap laid by Antifa, an anti-fascist movement, some conservatives say.

Votes are run-of-the-mill by comparing unproven claims.

Bogus ideas emerged as big and small on social media sites but are now moving to encrypted messaging apps following the Capitol Hill scramble that killed five people. But the move to smaller, private messaging groups has resulted in conflicting messages and a further gritty of online right-wing groups. The murderous riot took place last week when Trump killed his supporters at a publicized rally in DC on January 6. conspiracy theories Online popping has said that Antifa was behind the riots.

Rachel Moran, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington’s Information School, said, “Without an official ‘Trump-sanctioned event to anchor protests and other actions around, supporters are unsure who is behind the events around Inauguration Day.”

Still, social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, are supporting law enforcement and civil rights groups as well as the possibility of more violence in the coming days for the presidential election. Joe Biden inaugurated on 20 January. Trump tried to distance himself By the attack on the Capitol, one is saying Video “No true supporter of mine can ever support political violence.”

Nevertheless, law enforcement is looking for potential violence. The FBI allegedly said in an internal bulletin that it had received information about plans for “armed protest” in all 50 state capitals and the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Anonymous chatter on social media has discussed that the new M.A.G.A. Protests are actually being organized. Antifa or Democrat.

A red-yellow flyer was posted on Facebook, Twitter and parlor, as well as online forums and messaging apps, calling for an armed march on Capitol Hill and all state capitals on the afternoon of 17 January. “When democracy is destroyed, refuses to remain silent,” declares the poster, which featured an image of the Statue of Liberty.

Despite the dramatic language and bold imagery, some supporters of Trump cautioned, urging others to give clear warnings about new events. “Communist themed aviators / memes attempted to make patriots violent,” a Facebook user wrote for Donald Trump in a public pro-Trump group called True Conservatives. “We have zero plans to carry out armed marches in any Capitol building.”

Other Facebook users, echoing the commentary by documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, condemned the incident, saying “the terrorist attack is not over” and that the crowd at the Capitol “is planning more attacks.” The Tree of Liberty, which holds its own as a press platform for the anti-government far-right Boogaloo movement, said the armed march in DC on its website was canceled and intended to repeat last week’s deadly riots was not. The Tree of Liberty denied the March event and cited an anonymous “event spokesperson”.

Nevertheless, the site, which was offline until Wednesday morning, maintained a list of addresses that had been identified as state capitals, at least one of which was incorrect. (The site is located at the address of the Capital of Alaska in a shopping mall in Anchorage. The capital of Alaska is Juno.) The Tree of Liberty did not respond to a request for comment.

On Vimin, the social media option for Facebook, users broadcast information about the “Million Militia March” to land in Washington on 20 March. On Twitter, users shared a screenshot of an alleged parlor post calling on Trump supporters to return to DC. 19 January “Our weapons carry.”

From 9 to 10 January, about 890 posts from Twitter accounts related to 570 QAnon included the words “opening” and / or “20th” according to the nonprofit research group Advance Democracy. QAnon falsely accused of conspiring a “deep position” against Trump and his supporters. Advance Democracy, which in earlier social media posts urged Trump supporters to participate in the protests on Jan. 6, said in another report released on Tuesday that it had “similar mass efforts” related to Jan. 17 on social media platforms Has not found

On Facebook, a pro-gun group called the Delaware Citizen for the Second Amendment promoted a rally in Delaware on January 20 to send a teary 35-year-old Air Force veteran, “Ashlee Babbitt,” to the Capitol Police inside the US Had to be honored. Capital. In a post, the group called on members to “come armed” and “to pee”. A later post stated that the organizers are not asking for violence or destruction of property.


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The possibility of violence, though, has led social networks, including Facebook and Twitter, to crack down on Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. When Twitter permanently barred Trump from the social network on Friday, the company cited a potential Jan. 17 attack on the US Capitol and state capitols. 

On Monday, Facebook said it would pull down content that included the phrase “stop the steal” from its platforms, which has been used by Trump supporters to push bogus claims of election fraud. Facebook users were still using the phrase on Tuesday, though the company said in a blog post it could “take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step.” The company also indefinitely locked Trump’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts, but pages for his campaign and the White house are still posting videos of the president. One of Trump’s advisers is trying to keep the president from joining fringe social media platforms popular among extremists, such as Gab, CNN reported on Wednesday.

“It is concerning to see new platforms emerge as safe havens for extremist conversation, as it can lead to a deepening of extremist ideologies as views go unmoderated and often unchallenged,” Moran said. “However, removing these accounts from Twitter and Facebook cuts off their oxygen, stopping them from attracting large numbers of new followers and radicalizing on a larger scale.”

On Tuesday, a group of some of Facebook’s toughest critics called on the social media giant to permanently bar Trump, remove all “stop the steal” content that incites violence, allow an independent body to audit public figures and world leaders flagged for inciting violence, and release more information about enforcement of its policy. Yaël Eisenstat, who used to work at Facebook as the global head of elections integrity operations, said in the Harvard Business Review that tech companies should be held accountable for amplifying misinformation and “extreme rhetoric.” The group also called on Facebook advertisers, shareholders and employees to push for the removal of Mark Zuckerberg as CEO.

Even as major social networks crack down on election misinformation and calls for violence, some users are migrating to sites including Telegram. From Jan. 6 to 11, Telegram had roughly 11.8 million installs globally, up 97% from Dec. 31 to Jan. 5 when the app saw roughly 6 million installs, according to mobile analytics company Sensor Tower. Telegram said in its app on Tuesday more than 25 million users joined in the past 72 hours and it had more than 500 million active users.

In group Telegram chats, users shared memes about guns, spewed racist remarks, criticized big tech companies and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Others said Trump had “disavowed the good patriots who stood against tyranny.” One user said “Q is going to decapitate Biden and reinstate Trump as Supreme leader,” referring to the person or group supposedly at the center of the QAnon conspiracy theory. 

The Anti-Defamation League said it found a white supremacist Telegram channel that posted about future plans. “Reminder that the U.S. Presidential Inauguration day is on January 20th. That is the next date on the calendar that the pro-Trump and other nationalist crowds will potentially converge on the Capitol again,” a screenshot of the message said.

At a press conference on Tuesday, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said he expects conspiracy theories and misinformation will continue to pop up on Facebook, but the chatter could get more difficult to follow as Trump supporters, QAnon and white supremacists spread across the web.

“These groups are burrowing into darker, more difficult recesses of the internet and social media,” he said, “as well [as] Migration a lot of its activities to encrypted platforms. “

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