On Thursday, the Home Oversight Committee known as for an FBI investigation into Parler’s involvement within the lethal assault on the Capitol this month.
In a letter despatched to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Home Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) known as for the bureau to “conduct a robust examination of the role that the social media site Parler played” within the January sixth pro-Trump assault on the Capitol. Maloney mentioned that the committee intends to open its personal investigation and requested a gathering with FBI officers relating to the standing and scope of any future investigation into the social media platform.
Home Oversight Chair @RepMaloney writes a letter asking FBI Director Christopher Wray to “conduct a strong examination of the position that the social media web site Parler performed within the assault” on the Capitol on January 6. pic.twitter.com/05OODsFeEH
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 21, 2021
In an interview with The Washington Post, Maloney mentioned “I am going to get to the bottom of who owns and funds social media platforms like Parler that condone and create violence.”
In November, The Wall Street Journal reported that Parler receives monetary assist from the conservative hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah. The Mercers are recognized for financially backing conservative causes and organizations just like the now defunct Cambridge Analytica.
Within the letter, Maloney cites a number of situations wherein Parler customers had been arrested and charged for “threatening violence against elected officials” and mentioned organizing teams of protests on the platform. Within the days following the lethal Capitol assault, Parler has been booted from each Apple and Google’s app shops and compelled offline after a number of internet hosts refused to service the positioning. As of press time, Parler remains to be offline.
Final week, the FBI introduced that it had obtained over 100,000 pieces of digital proof following the Capitol riot. It’s not clear how a lot of this proof is exclusive, however FBI officers have opened more than 150 cases into particular person rioters.