Following last week’s incursion into the US Capitol building by Trump supporters and the founder of a BLM group, a researcher who goes by the Twitter handle @donk_enby got to work archiving every post from that day made on Parler – a conservative alternative to Twitter where many of the protesters coordinated leading up to the incident which left five people dead. Enby calls the evidence “very incriminating.”
Then, after Amazon announced that they were going kill conservative Twitter rival Parler, @donk_enby began archiving posts prior to the 6th, ultimately preserving approximately 99.9% of its content, according to Gizmodo.
Hoping to create a lasting public record for future researchers to sift through, @donk_enby began by archiving the posts from that day. The scope of the project quickly broadened, however, as it became increasingly clear that Parler was on borrowed time. Apple and Google announced that Parler would be removed from their app stores because it had failed to properly moderate posts that encouraged violence and crime. The final nail in the coffin came Saturday when Amazon announced it was pulling Parler’s plug. –Gizmodo
here it is on a graph pic.twitter.com/FuAPZQTQzA
— crash override (@donk_enby) January 11, 2021
Included in the data harvest is “original, unprocessed, raw files uploaded to Parler with all associated metadata.”
— crash override (@donk_enby) January 10, 2021
Apparently as companies were shutting down their services for Parler, they were making press releases. The company that handled 2FA and security, Twilio, shut down service yesterday, and this left a massive security gap. https://t.co/jNtZewxHIx
— OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) January 11, 2021
As Gizmodo notes, aside from obvious privacy implications, the archived data may serve as a “fertile hunting ground for law enforcement,” after dozens of suspects have been arrested in recent days following last week’s incident.
Of course, the data can also be used to help doxx conservatives by cancel-crusaders on the left, who go to great lengths to ruin the lives of their ideological opponents.
“I want this to be a big middle finger to those who say hacking shouldn’t be political,” said @donk_enby, whose efforts are documented at ArchiveTeam.org. She says that the data will eventually be hosted by the Internet Archive.
@donk_enby told Gizmodo that she began digging into Parler after the company issued denials about an email leak unearthed by the hacktivist Kirtner, who has been credited with founding the hacker group Anonymous. @donk_enby said she was able to independently locate the same material herself at the time.
Kirtner, creator of 420chan — a.k.a. Aubrey Cottle — reported obtaining 6.3 GB of Parler user data from an unsecured AWS server in November. The leak reportedly contained passwords, photos and email addresses from several other companies as well. Parler CEO John Matze later claimed to Business Insider that the data contained only “public information” about users, which had been improperly stored by an email vendor whose contract was subsequently terminated over the leak. (This leak is separate from the debunked claim that Parler was “hacked” in late November, proof of which was determined to be fake.) –Gizmodo
Kirtner was suspended by Twitter in December for violating its rules against threatening violence against “an individual or a group of people” after tweeting “I’m killing Parler and its fucking glorious.”
On Sunday, Parler CEO John Matze slammed decisions by Amazon, Apple and Google to “actually destroy the entire company,” adding that they had been “ditched” by their lawyers.
In an interview last year, Matze said that Parler — which has also taken money from Rebekah Mercer, a deep-pocketed, pro-Trump Republican donor — had planned to generate revenue using an “influencer” model. Prominent users would be tapped to post organic-looking posts promoting outside companies and products. Users could then “boycott” the influencers they didn’t like. On Tuesday, @donk_enby posted images of what the influencer panel looked like, as well as a function that enabled Parler to conceal the capability from certain users. –Gizmodo
And now, while Parler is currently dead, its users’ posts have been archived in a ‘lasting public record for future researchers to sift through.’