It’s great irony. Extremists bent on overturning the 2020 US election used Parler posts to plot in private. But a security researcher who calls herself @donk_enby on Twitter figured out that Parler numbered posts sequentially, kept deleted posts, and never bothered to scrub location data from media content.
And, so she teamed up with archiveteam.org to scrape all Parler posts before AWS shut Parler down. And now, that data is available to law enforcement and the public.
Cory Hepola and I talked about all this on WCCO Radio on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Here is the article from that conversation.
Here is a treasure trove of articles.
- Archivists Are Mining Parler Metadata to Pinpoint Crimes at the Capitol
- The Hacker Who Archived Parler Explains How She Did It (and What Comes Next)
- FAST THINKING: How the Capitol riot was coordinated online
- An Absurdly Basic Bug Let Anyone Grab All of Parler’s Data
- Parler Users Breached Deep Inside U.S. Capitol Building, GPS Data Shows
- Parler’s amateur coding could come back to haunt Capitol Hill rioters
- Every Deleted Parler Post, Many With Users’ Location Data, Has Been Archived
I am grateful to my friend, Amy, who first told me about this story and found several of the articles above.