100,000 pieces of digital evidence of Capitol attack in the hands of the FBI

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After a violent mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol last Wednesday, the FBI took to Twitter, requesting for any information that could help identify individuals who participated in the riot. As of Tuesday, it was reported that the FBI has received over 100,000 pieces of digital evidence as an answer to that request. 

It’s not clear how much of these pieces of evidence are unique, but FBI officials said that the bureau has opened 170 cases into individual rioters. Out of 170 cases, the US Attorney for the District of Columbia has brought federal charges against 20 people. Forty others have been charged in DC’s Superior Court.

“You will be found,” an FBI official said at Tuesday’s press conference. “The FBI has a long memory and broad reach. Even if you’ve left DC, agents from our local field offices will be knocking on your door.”

Conspiratorial accounts removed 

The days following the Capitol attack, social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, have removed thousands of accounts that have traces of the violent attack. Over the weekend, Apple and Google removed the right’s favorite social media app, Parler. Shortly after, Parler’s domain Amazon has also terminated its hosting, leaving the app homeless, until it found its new hosting on Monday. 

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