A new site called Faces of the Riot has run that trove through some machine-learning and facial-recognition software to publish thousands of images of people who were at the Capitol Hill protests —and riots—on January 6.
Given the Russian government’s active efforts to isolate the country’s internet and gain access to all data, Parler could expose its users to Russian surveillance if the site someday does relaunch in full with DDoS-Guard.
The site's creator tells WIRED that he used simple open source machine learning and facial recognition software to detect, extract, and deduplicate every face from the 827 videos that were posted to Parler from inside and outside the Capitol building on January 6, the day when radicalized Trump supporters stormed the building in a riot that resulted in five people's deaths.
After platforms like Twitter and Facebook booted Donald Trump last week, Amazon pulled support from far-right "free speech" platform Parler , knocking it offline for the foreseeable future.
The rioters present had talked extensively on publicly accessible social media about their plans to storm the Capitol and commit violence, and private citizens and law enforcement agencies had raised concerns with Capitol and DC police.Fortunately, social media still holds plenty of information about plans for more violence, and this time we can be more prepared.
By Monday, rumors were circulating on Reddit and across social media that the mass disemboweling of Parler's data had been carried out by exploiting a security vulnerability in the site's two-factor authentication that allowed hackers to create "millions of accounts" with administrator privileges.