BuzzFeed News: Facebook Is Resuming Political Contributions — But Not To Lawmakers Who Voted Against Certifying The US Election

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Is Resuming Political Contributions — But Not To Lawmakers Who Voted Against Certifying The US Election. “In an internal announcement, Brian Rice, a public policy director at Facebook, said that the decision came after the Jan. 6 insurrection and a review of the company’s contribution policies. Five days after the storming of the Capitol, Facebook said it would pause all political donations for at least three months.”

Politico: Biden allies urge Facebook to review spread of election fraud claims

Politico: Biden allies urge Facebook to review spread of election fraud claims. “A nonprofit advocacy group with close ties to President Joe Biden on Wednesday joined calls for Facebook to review whether its actions contributed to the spread of unfounded election fraud claims leading up to the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol. Building Back Together, an outside coalition formed by top Biden allies and campaign advisers, urged Facebook in a letter reviewed by POLITICO to commit to an internal probe of the matter, something the company’s oversight board recommended last month.”

NBC News: There are hundreds of posts about plans to attack the Capitol. Why hasn’t this evidence been used in court?

NBC News: There are hundreds of posts about plans to attack the Capitol. Why hasn’t this evidence been used in court?. “…even after months of intensive investigation, Justice Department prosecutors have presented no evidence so far that any of the 420 individuals charged to date for their actions Jan. 6 planned in advance to attack the building in which Congress was certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. But a new report by a nonprofit research group, and a separate review by NBC News, uncovered hundreds of social media posts discussing plans to move on the Capitol, including a map of the building and talk of how to create a stampede that would overwhelm Capitol Police.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Stopped Employees From Reading An Internal Report About Its Role In The Insurrection. You Can Read It Here.

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Stopped Employees From Reading An Internal Report About Its Role In The Insurrection. You Can Read It Here.. “Titled ‘Stop the Steal and Patriot Party: The Growth and Mitigation of an Adversarial Harmful Movement,’ the report is one of the most important analyses of how the insurrectionist effort to overturn a free and fair US presidential election spread across the world’s largest social network — and how Facebook missed critical warning signs. The report examines how the company was caught flat-footed as the Stop the Steal Facebook group supercharged a movement to undermine democracy, and concludes the company was unprepared to stop people from spreading hate and incitement to violence on its platform.”

Reason: The Confusion Surrounding Brian Sicknick’s Death Was a Failure of Government Transparency

Reason: The Confusion Surrounding Brian Sicknick’s Death Was a Failure of Government Transparency. “Because the Capitol Police are under the legislative branch, the department is exempt from the federal Freedom of Information Act. You can’t put in a public records request for an incident report or the other sort of records that most every other police department in the U.S. is required by law to disclose when asked.”

Washington Post: How America’s surveillance networks helped the FBI catch the Capitol mob

Washington Post: How America’s surveillance networks helped the FBI catch the Capitol mob. “Debra Maimone pulled down her American flag mask for a moment on Jan. 6 and gazed at the unruly mob of supporters of President Donald Trump overrunning the U.S. Capitol. ‘Put your mask on,’ warned her fiance, as the couple stood beneath an unblinking array of surveillance cameras. ‘I don’t want them to see you.’ It was too late.”

Vice: Alex Jones Incited the Capitol Riot on Facebook Even Though He Was Banned 2 Years Ago

Vice: Alex Jones Incited the Capitol Riot on Facebook Even Though He Was Banned 2 Years Ago. “Research from digital rights group Avaaz published Thursday morning and shared exclusively with VICE News shows that in the 30 days leading up to the riots, content from Jones’ websites, promoting voter fraud claims telling fans to ‘prepare for war,’ amassed over 1.1 million interactions across Facebook.”

Governing: Judges Are Banning Capitol Rioters from the Internet

Governing: Judges Are Banning Capitol Rioters from the Internet. “Judges have long been reluctant to ban anyone from the internet, a restriction that essentially cuts a person off from much of modern society and has been reserved mostly for accused and convicted pedophiles. But as toxic disinformation becomes an increasingly dangerous threat, driving domestic terrorism and violence, the courts are facing vexing new questions around how often and under what circumstances those accused of taking part should be taken offline altogether.”

HuffPost: Citizen Sleuths Launch A Slick New Website To Hunt Down Capitol Insurrectionists

HuffPost: Citizen Sleuths Launch A Slick New Website To Hunt Down Capitol Insurrectionists. “The website… was built by a small team of volunteer software developers, using the work of open-source investigators looking into the deadly Capitol attack. The site features a color-coded timeline that reflects the time of day, and allows users to click around on a map of the Capitol and pull up any video evidence from a particular location and time frame. Users can even track an individual suspect’s movements over the course of Jan. 6.”

ARTNews: U.S. House Curator Seeking $25,000 to Repair Art Vandalized During the Capitol Riots

ARTNews: U.S. House Curator Seeking $25,000 to Repair Art Vandalized During the Capitol Riots. “At the time of the attack, the National Statuary Hall to the south of the Rotunda contained 35 statues of prominent Americans, from civil rights leaders to famous inventors, as well works by artists such as Thomas Crawford and Constantino Brumidi. Though much of the collection emerged unscathed from the rampage, a 19th-century marble bust of former president Zachary Taylor was defaced with what resembled blood, while a framed photo of the Dalai Lama was stolen. A scroll featuring Chinese characters was also destroyed.”

Exclusive: Misinformation Increased After Capitol Riots Despite Social Media Bans (Cheddar)

Cheddar: Exclusive: Misinformation Increased After Capitol Riots Despite Social Media Bans. “Advertising analytics company DoubleVerify found in a report looking at trends from 2020 and the beginning of this year that there was a 21 percent increase in ‘inflammatory news and political content’ on websites, a term the company used to classify fake news and misinformation, in the week following the January 6 riots. It also found hate speech increased three times in the 10 days after the events compared to the same period before.”

Mother Jones: A Major Trump Forum Scrubs Its Archives of Thousands of Pre-Riot Posts

Mother Jones: A Major Trump Forum Scrubs Its Archives of Thousands of Pre-Riot Posts. “In the days ahead of the January 6 Capitol riot, there were warnings, but no guarantee that the day would turn violent. But users of TheDonald.win, a major online pro-Trump forum, were preparing for a fight, posting maps of the Capitol and swapping messages about being ready to die. In the wake of the carnage, law enforcement identified TheDonald.win as a key planning platform for the insurrectionists. And on Inauguration Day, the forum established a new domain, rebranding as Patriots.win. Alongside that transition, thousands of posts from lead up to the riot have disappeared from the site as though they were never there.”

USA Today: Capitol riot arrests: See who’s been charged across the U.S.

USA Today: Capitol riot arrests: See who’s been charged across the U.S.. “USA TODAY is gathering details of those cases as the FBI continues to identify the people responsible for the attack that left five people dead and sent lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence fleeing to shelter. Included are those arrested on charges federal prosecutors have filed since the riot, and those arrested by Capitol Police and D.C. Metro Police for entering the Capitol or for crimes related to weapons or violence. Check back for updates.”