Parler, an alternate social media app dominated by alt-right and right-wing customers, was banned by Google after which dropped by Amazon Net Providers 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 grew to become generally known 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 may think about how unhealthy the content material should have been in the event that they wanted to maneuver to a brand new platform.
The app grew to become much more notorious and now banned, as it’s believed to be a key portal by way of which lots 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 title @donk_enbystarted archiving posts. She ultimately gathered collectively 56 terabytes of knowledge, which ultimately 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 legislation 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 knowledge dump for South Africa on Twitter.
The map confirmed all of the areas the place a person uploaded a video whereas having their geolocation on and the outcomes are very attention-grabbing. Cape City, Johannesburg and Pretoria all characteristic which is comprehensible since they’re the most important cities.
A person 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 telephone, a few of these areas are correct proper into the individual’s again backyard.
The video metadata from the Parler knowledge dump has been visualised on an interactive map, and even the sleepy city of Robertson options:https://t.co/ANUWhYCBYfThe geolocation knowledge is sort of granular, however depending on the telephone’s GPS accuracy on the time. pic.twitter.com/PbNtX8B7QvJanuary 13, 2021