Parler, an alternate social media app dominated by alt-right and right-wing customers, was banned by Google after which dropped by Amazon Internet Companies however not earlier than hackers may do a knowledge dump and expose its customers.
Parler has been a scorching matter for some time because it turned referred to as the go-to website for far-right people whose content material was getting taken down on extra mainstream websites like Twitter and Fb for contravening their guidelines. It was began by two conservative programmers within the US who have been rallying for a real “free speech” platform.
As we all know, Twitter and Fb had pretty lax guidelines when it got here to racism, sexism, homophobia and bigotry, so you’ll be able to think about how unhealthy the content material will need to have been in the event that they wanted to maneuver to a brand new platform.
The app turned much more notorious and now banned, as it’s believed to be a key portal via which most of the rioters deliberate the tried coup on the Capitol within the US on January 6.
On the identical day a hacker who goes by the Twitter identify @donk_enbystarted archiving posts. She finally gathered collectively 56 terabytes of knowledge, which finally resulted in capturing 99.9% of the content material on the app.
This has saved the content material which might have been misplaced following Amazon’s shutdown. It has additionally helped regulation enforcement discover those that stormed the Capitol and posted movies whereas they have been there.
South Africa’s customers uncovered
Disinformation researcher Jean le Roux posted a hyperlink to the interactive map visualisation of this information dump for South Africa on Twitter.
The map confirmed all of the places the place a consumer uploaded a video whereas having their geolocation on and the outcomes are very attention-grabbing. Cape City, Johannesburg and Pretoria all function which is comprehensible since they’re the largest cities.
A consumer even crops up in Robertson and close to the shoreline in Park Rynie.
The map does not present the sort of content material that was shared, simply the place precisely it was despatched from. Relying on the GPS sign of the cellphone, a few of these places are correct proper into the particular person’s again backyard.
The video metadata from the Parler information dump has been visualised on an interactive map, and even the sleepy city of Robertson options:https://t.co/ANUWhYCBYfThe geolocation information is kind of granular, however depending on the cellphone’s GPS accuracy on the time. pic.twitter.com/PbNtX8B7QvJanuary 13, 2021