Facebook was social media most used by Capitol rioters, analysis shows

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 11th, 2021 9:18 am
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Last Updated Feb 11th, 2021 at 6:53 pm

Facebook was the social media most frequently used by Capitol rioters, according to an analysis of data from the Department of Justice.

A Forbes analysis of indictments of 223 people charged with participating in the January 6 riots at the Capitol, collected by the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, found that Facebook was used by 73 of the people charged, more than any all other social media sites combined.

Youtube was the second-most referenced at 24, followed by Instagram at 20, and Parler at eight.

The analysis contradicts what tech leaders have previously said. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg had said that platforms like Parler and Gab were to blame for facilitating organization of the riot.

"I think these events were largely organized on platforms that don't have our abilities to stop hate, don't have our standards and don't have our transparency," she said in January, according to The Washington Post.


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