Prince Harry demands urgent social media reform in response to Capitol riots- Tempemail

The Duke of Sussex discussed the dangers of unregulated social media use in a new question-and-answer interview with Fast Company, where he was asked whether his opinions regarding the impact of social media on our society have changed in light of the riots. Referencing an essay he’d previously written for Continue Reading

US lawmakers ask FBI to investigate Parler app’s role in Capitol attack | Parler- Tempemail

American lawmakers have asked the FBI to investigate the role of Parler, the social media website and app popular with the American far right, in the violence at the US Capitol on 6 January. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House oversight and reform Committee, asked the FBI to review Parler’s Continue Reading

GitHub apologizes for firing employee who warned of Capitol attack Nazi link | Technology

GitHub, a technology firm owned by Microsoft, apologized on Sunday for what its COO, Erica Brescia, called “significant errors in judgment” following outrage that it had fired an employee, who is Jewish, for warning that “Nazis” were among the pro-Donald Trump mob who attacked the US Capitol on 6 January. Continue Reading

Revealed: walkie-talkie app Zello hosted far-right groups who stormed Capitol | US Capitol breach- Tempemail

This story is part of an ongoing reporting project by Micah Loewinger, reporter/producer for the WNYC Studios show On the Media, and Hampton Stall, founder of MilitiaWatch. Audio and chat logs reveal that at least two insurrectionists who broke into the Capitol on 6 January used Zello, a social media Continue Reading

In the wake of the US Capitol attack, Australian politics is consumed by a reactionary free speech debate | US Capitol breach

For many Australians, the US Capitol riot was experienced in almost real time. On Twitter, they could see harrowing videos of a lone policeman facing down a mob. Photos of a noose installed by the crowd on Washington DC’s Tempemail Mall were only a scroll away on Facebook. In the Continue Reading

I’ve been on Parler. It’s a cesspit of thinly veiled racism and hate | US Capitol breach- Tempemail

“Civil war is coming.” I saw this message on the social media platform Parler in November, about two weeks after the election was called for Joe Biden. The ominous post followed an even more harrowing message from a different user. “[O]ur people have guns too … it’s time for us Continue Reading

The Capitol siege was the biggest media spectacle of the Trump era | Joan Donovan, Brian Friedberg and Emily Dreyfuss | Opinion- Tempemail

Donald Trump’s presidency is ending as it began: in media spectacle. The 6 January siege of the Capitol was the culmination of a presidency defined by media manipulation and networked conspiracism, a presidency that turned politics into media and media into politics. Trump leaves the news media scrambling to make Continue Reading

‘Storm the Capitol’ used online 100,000 times in month before Washington DC riot- Tempemail

The term “Storm the Capitol” was mentioned 100,000 times on social media in the month before rioters attacked the federal building on the day of the electoral certification, a report has said. The newspaper reported that mentions of the phrase were often associated in viral Twitter threads discussing logistical details Continue Reading

Parler goes offline after Amazon drops it due to ‘violent content’ | US Capitol breach- Tempemail

The “free speech” social network Parler, popular with Donald Trump supporters, has been forced off the internet after Amazon pulled its hosting services. The Twitter clone, which gained notoriety as a communication hub for the rioters who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, had already suffered a major hit to Continue Reading

Australia’s acting PM says Capitol attack ‘unfortunate’ and condemns Twitter ‘censorship’ of Trump | Australian foreign policy- Tempemail

Australia’s acting prime minister, Michael McCormack, has described Donald Trump’s refusal to concede defeat in the presidential election, his inflammatory tweets and the deadly storming of the US Capitol building by rioters as “unfortunate”. McCormack, who is standing in while Scott Morrison is on leave this week, also indicated on Continue Reading