Washington Post: Inside Facebook, Jan. 6 violence fueled anger, regret over missed warning signs

Washington Post: Inside Facebook, Jan. 6 violence fueled anger, regret over missed warning signs. “Facebook has never publicly disclosed what it knows about how its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp, helped fuel that day’s mayhem. The company rejected its own Oversight Board’s recommendation that it study how its policies contributed to the violence and has yet to fully comply with requests for data from the congressional commission investigating the events. But thousands of pages of internal company documents disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission by the whistleblower Frances Haugen offer important new evidence of Facebook’s role in the events.”

CNN: Facebook whistleblower to talk to January 6 committee

CNN: Facebook whistleblower to talk to January 6 committee. “The Facebook whistleblower who released thousands of documents that she says shows the company knows its platforms are used to spread hate, violence and misinformation is expected to meet with the House select committee investigating the January 6 riot at the US Capitol as soon as Thursday, three sources with knowledge tell CNN.” That’s this past Thursday; this article is from Wednesday.

New York Times: Whistle-Blower to Accuse Facebook of Contributing to Jan. 6 Riot, Memo Says

New York Times: Whistle-Blower to Accuse Facebook of Contributing to Jan. 6 Riot, Memo Says. “The whistle-blower, whose identity has not been publicly disclosed, planned to accuse the company of relaxing its security safeguards for the 2020 election too soon after Election Day, which then led it to be used in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to the internal memo obtained by The New York Times. The whistle-blower planned to discuss the allegations on ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday, the memo said, and was also set to say that Facebook had contributed to political polarization in the United States.”

Rolling Stone: Extremists Shared TikTok Videos on How to Access White House via Tunnels, Feds Say

Rolling Stone: Extremists Shared TikTok Videos on How to Access White House via Tunnels, Feds Say. “Domestic extremists used TikTok, an app best known for short videos and viral dances, to spread information about bringing guns to the January 6th Capitol attack and accessing the White House through tunnels, according to a Homeland Security briefing.”

Politico: Thousands of posts around January 6 riots go missing from Facebook transparency tool

Politico: Thousands of posts around January 6 riots go missing from Facebook transparency tool. “The lost posts — everything from innocuous personal updates to potential incitement to violence to mainstream news articles — have been unavailable within Facebook’s transparency system since at least May, 2021. The company told POLITICO that they were accidentally removed from Crowdtangle because of a limit on how Facebook allows data to be accessed via its technical transparency tools. It said that the error had now been fixed. Facebook did not address the sizeable gap in its Crowdtangle data publicly until contacted by POLITICO, despite ongoing pressure from policymakers about the company’s role in helping spread messages, posts and videos about the violent insurrection, which killed five people.”

Politico: Wrangling over Jan. 6 footage could force open congressional records

Politico: Wrangling over Jan. 6 footage could force open congressional records. “Past efforts to use the courts to force disclosure of congressional records like the videos have gotten little traction, but the Jan. 6-related case seizes on an opinion a D.C. Circuit judge issued in June. The new legal fight has the potential to set a new precedent for what kinds of information Congress must disclose, and when — and is squarely aimed at upending decades of law that shielded the institution from public scrutiny.”

NPR: The FBI Keeps Using Clues From Volunteer Sleuths To Find The Jan. 6 Capitol Rioters

NPR: The FBI Keeps Using Clues From Volunteer Sleuths To Find The Jan. 6 Capitol Rioters. “As rioters made their way through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, many of them livestreamed their actions and posted photos and videos on social media. That steady stream of content created an enormous record of evidence that law enforcement needed to sift through to build cases against the accused. Now, more than 575 federal criminal complaints have been filed, and a striking pattern has emerged: Time and time again, the FBI is relying on crowdsourced tips from an ad hoc community of amateur investigators sifting through that pile of content for clues.”

NBC 4 Washington: DC Tunnel History Site Flagged Suspicious Activity Before Capitol Insurrection

NBC 4 Washington: DC Tunnel History Site Flagged Suspicious Activity Before Capitol Insurrection. “The founder and administrator of an obscure website about underground infrastructure in Washington, D.C., saw a sudden and suspicious spike in traffic in the days before the U.S. Capitol insurrection. The sharp increase in web visitors alarmed the site’s operator so much that he contacted the FBI. Elliot Carter, who operates the site, worried people were covertly seeking escape routes or entry points to the Capitol ahead of the electoral college count in January.”

ProPublica: Video Evidence Shown in the Capitol Insurrection Criminal Cases

ProPublica: Video Evidence Shown in the Capitol Insurrection Criminal Cases . “ProPublica and a coalition of 15 other news organizations including The Washington Post, The Associated Press, CBS and NBC have been suing for access to the video exhibits shown in the criminal cases against the accused Jan. 6 rioters. The coalition has been arguing for access before a series of federal judges in the District of Columbia, and the Department of Justice has been sending us new videos as we win our applications. Below we’ve organized these videos by case, and they are shown exactly as given to us by the DOJ. We’ll add more videos as we get them.”

Politico: Feds agree to pay $6.1M to create database for Capitol riot prosecutions

Politico: Feds agree to pay $6.1M to create database for Capitol riot prosecutions. “The Justice Department has agreed to pay $6.1 million to a technology contractor to create a massive database of videos, photographs, documents and social media posts related to the Capitol riot as part of the process of turning relevant evidence over to defense attorneys for the more than 500 people facing criminal charges in the Jan. 6 events, according to a court filing and government records.”

Techdirt: Facebook Is Banning Anyone Charged With Participating In Capitol Hill Insurrection

Techdirt: Facebook Is Banning Anyone Charged With Participating In Capitol Hill Insurrection . “At the very least, this does raise some questions. Since it’s just based on charging, and not on conviction, what happens if the charges are dropped or the person is acquitted? That may be unlikely with many (if not all) of the January 6th folks, but it does raise some questions. And is the ban permanent? So far, the initial January 6th cases, against those who didn’t seem to do that much once in the Capitol, have involved relatively mild sanctions. Will that also include a lifetime ban from Facebook? Should it?”

‘Sedition Hunters’: Meet The Online Sleuths Aiding The FBI’s Capitol Manhunt (HuffPost)

HuffPost: ‘Sedition Hunters’: Meet The Online Sleuths Aiding The FBI’s Capitol Manhunt. “They call themselves sedition hunters, and they have receipts. They’re members of a loosely affiliated network of motivated individuals and pop-up volunteer organizations with names like Deep State Dogs and Capitol Terrorists Exposers that developed after the Jan. 6 attack to identify the Trump supporters who organized the Capitol riot and brutalized the law enforcement officers protecting the building.”

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.”