A few hours after the rioters were cleared from the Capitol on Wednesday, discussions are already underway on what will happen next on Parler and Gab, another social media platform that is very popular on the far right.
Trump is expected to bring his megaphone to the platform, and thousands of people have joined these sites in the hope that he can land there. But by Monday night, Parler was mostly offline. Since a large number of new users and downloads seem to overwhelm the site, Gab has largely become unusable, making it impossible to search or post new items.
Some groups have migrated to smaller sites, such as MeWe and CloutHub and edge messaging boards.
On Telegram, Proud Boys and members of other militia organizations hosted the popular channel and called on people to organize a parade on the State Capitol on Saturday (January 16). On a Telegram channel with more than 20,000 followers, the addresses of these buildings and the addresses of technology companies including Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Google were posted.
Members of the Boogaloo movement, another extreme right group, also organized Telegram and Signal for a Sunday rally (January 17). On January 20, flyers were posted on 4chan and other messaging groups requesting to travel in Washington, DC.
Gab CEO Andrew Torba said: “When we communicated with our law enforcement partners, we adopted a higher security posture before the inauguration ceremony and were prepared to respond quickly to any requests made by law enforcement agencies. Our people during this period.”