Video segments sourced from Parler include a number of clips that show a direct connection between what President Donald Trump communicated to his supporters and their actions in laying siege to the U.S. Capitol, according to video published today at Just Security.
The compilation includes video made publicly available previously by ProPublica, as well as separate footage that has not been widely referenced in the news media that was made available for download following the much publicized scraping of publicly available information from the Parler site.
The review of two hundred additional videos from Parler was conducted by Justin Hendrix, Editor of Tech Policy Press, with special assistance from Vidrovr, a company that makes video searchable. In all more than 700 videos were reviewed.
Just Security has published reactions from several former senior Justice Department officials and former federal prosecutors. The events of January 6th are arguably the conclusion of what researchers have referred to as “most consequential misinformation campaigns in modern history,” a sustained effort by Trump and his supporters to propagate false voter fraud narratives that led to violence.
Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press, a new nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy. Previously, he was Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He spent over a decade at The Economist in roles including Vice President, Business Development & Innovation. He is an associate research scientist and adjunct professor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Opinions expressed here are his own.