Just hours after the Capitol was cleared of rioters on Wednesday, there was already discussion about what would happen next on Parler and Gab, another social media platform that has become popular with the far right.
Mr Trump was expected to take his megaphone to the platforms, and tens of thousands joined those sites expecting to get there. But by Monday night, Was the talk Mostly now. Gap also became largely unusable, as an influx of new users and downloads seemed to crush the site, making it impossible to search for or post new items.
Some groups have moved to smaller sites, like MeWe and CloutHub, as well as marginal message boards.
“There is a massive exodus going on, and we are really seeing people spread across different locations looking for a home,” said Mr. Argentino. “Different groups have settled in different places.”
On Telegram, where Proud Boise members and other militia groups host popular channels, there were calls for people to stage rallies at the government Capitol buildings on Saturday (January 16). On one of the Telegram channels, which has more than 20,000 followers, addresses for those buildings are posted, as well as addresses for tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Google.
Members of the Bugalo Movement, another far-right group, also organized rallies on Sunday (17 January) on Telegram and Signal. On 4chan and other messaging groups, fliers calling for another march in Washington, DC, on January 20. In comments below those posts, people expressed their support for targeting various news organizations such as The New York Times and CNN.
“As told by our law enforcement partners, we have taken a heightened security stance in the lead-up to the opening and are ready to respond quickly to any request that law enforcement may make from us during this period,” said Andrew Torba, CEO of Gap.