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 places, expecting him to land there. But on Monday night, Parler was mostly offline. Gab had also become largely unusable as a flood of new users and downloads appeared to destroy the site, making it impossible to search for or publish new articles.
Some groups have moved to smaller sites like MeWe and CloutHub, as well as to side message 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.”
Telegram, where members of the Proud Boys and other militia groups broadcast popular channels, called on Saturday (January 16) for people to organize marches in Capitol buildings. 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 far-right 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 ahead of the inauguration and stand ready to respond quickly to any law enforcement requests from us during the period. “