Parler has come under the Democrats spotlight, with one senator demanding the media platform disclose its investors and creditors.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), chair of the House Oversight Committee, wrote to Parler CEO Jeffrey Wernickon asking for the platform’s details.
“In the weeks leading up to the assault on the Capitol on January 6, Parler users actively took to the platform to call for violence and even ‘civil war,’” began Maloney in her letter.
“A recent analysis by USA Today shows a strong connection between President Trump’s speech at the January 6 rally and a significant uptick in calls for violence on Parler,” she added. “Immediately after President Trump exhorted his supporters to ‘show strength’ during his speech, the term ‘civil war’ surged into one of the top five most frequently used terms on Parler. One user wrote, ‘Be men fight back and [expletive] them up. Civil war is upon us.’”
Maloney continued, “Since the attacks, numerous Parler users have been arrested and charged for their roles, with the Department of Justice citing in several instances the threats that individuals made through Parler in the days leading up to and following the attack.”
According to FBI affidavits, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were also used by protesters to organize and discuss their plans ahead of the Capitol Hill riot. Still, Maloney expressed no interest in their business details.
“Nothing will stop us … they can try and try and try, but the storm is here, and it is descending upon D.C. in less than 24 hours … dark to light!” wrote Ashli Babbitt on Twitter. Just one day before she was fatally shot by a police officer inside the Capitol Building, reported Breitbart.
Then there is John Sullivan—the left-wing activist who was arrested and charged in connection with the Capitol Hill riot. He also had a Twitter account and still has a YouTube account, which he utilized to promote videos encouraging protesters on Capitol Hill.