Just hours after the rioters were evacuated from the Capitol on Wednesday, there was already discussion of what would happen next on Parler and Gab, another social media platform that has become popular with the far right.
Mr. Trump was expected to bring his megaphone to the platforms and tens of thousands joined these locations, expecting him to land there. But until Monday evening Parler was mostly offline. Gab had also become largely unusable as a flood of new users and downloads appeared to destroy the website and make it impossible to search for or publish new articles.
Some groups have moved to smaller sites like MeWe and CloutHub, as well as edge messaging boards.
“There is a massive exodus going on and we are really seeing people scattered across locations in search of a home,” Argentino said. “Different groups have settled in different places.”
In the telegram in which members of the Proud Boys and other militia groups broadcast popular channels, people were asked on Saturday (January 16) to organize marches in buildings in the state capital. Addresses for these buildings as well as addresses for technology companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Google were published on a telegram channel with over 20,000 followers.
Members of the Boogaloo movement, another right-wing extremist group, also organized telegram and signal rallies on Sunday (January 17). Leaflets were posted on 4chan and other news groups calling for another march to Washington, DC on January 20. In comments below these posts, people have come out in favor of targeting various news organizations like the New York Times and CNN.
Andrew Torba, General Manager of Gab, said, “As we have communicated to our law enforcement partners, we have been in a heightened security position prior to the inauguration and are ready to respond quickly to any law enforcement inquiries from us during the period. “