Ars Technica: Parler’s amateur coding could come back to haunt Capitol Hill rioters

Ars Technica: Parler’s amateur coding could come back to haunt Capitol Hill rioters. “A key reason for her success: Parler’s site was a mess. Its public API used no authentication. When users deleted their posts, the site failed to remove the content and instead only added a delete flag to it. Oh, and each post carried a numerical ID that was incremented from the ID of the most recently published one…. Another amateur mistake was Parler’s failure to scrub geolocations from images and videos posted online. Sites like Twitter and Google routinely remove such metadata from content posted by their users. The video files hosted on Parler, by contrast, were ‘raw,’ meaning they still contained this information.”

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