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Supporters of former US President Donald Trump rushed to his defense. online in in hours after hearings began on January 6 by a committee seeking to cast doubt on his involvement via same social media channels that have captured clear evidence linking him to the storming of the Capitol.

In doing so, they strengthened the unmistakable role social media played in 2021 uprising and made clear that his supporters are determined remain a major internet force despite Trump’s ban on major platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Trump War Room, once a Twitter account run his re-election campaign, tweeted“Trump and the rally had nothing in common with violation of the Capitol!”, challenging the efforts of a House committee to hold the for riot right on Trump.

In the message board Patriots.win – spin-off of Donald.wing, where members shared their ideas on how bring weapons into Washington before the riot – a popular thread on Friday called January 6 “the most patriotic thing I’ve ever seen” and said anyone who disagree is enemy of nation.”

As well as on pro-Trump channels on In the Telegram service chat, supporters ridiculed the rumor that overly scripted or guerrilla circus, if it was mentioned at all.

outpouring of Trump support came in response to the hearing that brought together new testimony with previously unseen footage documenting gravity of in attack on Capitol and Trump role in urging him on. it also underlined how in social media the landscape has changed in 17 months since Trump was removed from office leading online platforms for his role in fanning violent attempts to overturn Joe Biden’s election as president.

Mostly Trump and some of its most vocal supporters were moved to smaller platforms as they sought to respond.

The change was obvious in video montage shown by the committee on January 6 of in attack, where a rioter could be heard shouting Trump’s tweet over megaphone to call the crowd into the halls of the Capitol. A tweet sent by Trump minutes earlier said Vice President “Mike Pence didn’t have the guts to do what should have been made” and that “the United States requires truth!”

Trump aggressively used Twitter to rally his supporters to cancel what he falsely called a rigged election. in December 2020, “WE JUST STARTED FIGHTING!!!” and “Big Protest” in COLUMBIA REGION on January 6. Be there, it will be wild!

These tweets were widely shared by his fans and congressional investigators. on Video testimonies of rioters shared on Thursday who said they viewed them as calls to action. On December 13, 2020, the day before the Electoral College planned to seal President Biden’s victory, Virginia “Ginnie” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sent an email to Arizona lawmakers. with links to YouTube videos calling for “fixing the situation”.

On January 6, 2021, Trump tweeted that the states “voted for on fraud. … BE STRONG!” It wasn’t until 2:38 pm that he finally called the crowd via Twitter to “keep the peace” after the rioters were already broke through the Capitol in what the cop said on Thursday sounded like a bloody “war scene”.

That same evening, Trump tweeted, “These are things and events what happens when a sacred electoral crushing victory is so unceremoniously and viciously deprived great patriots. … Go home with love & in world. Remember this day forever! Two days later, Twitter and Facebook suspended his account, citing risk what will he provoke more violence.

An official inside twitter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the topic, reported The Washington Post on Friday what company decision-the creators realized that Trump’s tweets were playing a role in encouraging violence, but did not know at the time that they were being literally read out loud rioters.

On a young Trump clone on Twitter, Truth Social, he posted a dozen post-hearing posts criticizing him for showing “only negative frames” of brutal siege.

Starting at 6:50 a.m. Friday, Trump called former advocate general William P. Barr is “weak and scared” and dodges charges for riot. He also spoke disparagingly of his daughter Ivanka Trump after the show on video at the hearing saying she believes there is no evidence of a scam that could undo his losses.

She did not participate in watching or studying elections results,” he wrote. “She checked out”.

Before the hearing, Trump wrote – or, in The truth in social jargon, “the truth” is that January 6 “was not just a protest, it represented the greatest movement.” in in history of our country.” The next morning he wrote that the attack “was not caused for me it was caused fraudulent and stolen elections!”

But Trump could only yell at the dwindling crowd: his Truth Social account has about 3 million followers, or less than 4 percent of 88 millionth twitter followers he was before his ban.

Joan Donovan, research director at the Harvard Shorenstein Center on media, politics and public policy, suggested that it would be difficult to overestimate the importance of trump tweets events of January 6. power of Trump’s tweets to tell people a lot like a military general where to go and keep the pressure on was clear researchers,” she said. “And it was very clear when he tweeted about quitting building and going in peace that people did start listen and do follow his instructions.”

Platform reaction in days after attack took long away of what powerDonovan said. “It was not just Trump, who was deplatformed,” but thousands of his supporters and social network Parler was removed from main application stores. “Trump Infrastructure for messaging was blown up that day. And it never got done.”

Be Major social networks allow Trump’s return could have serious consequences effect on his ability reorganize for 2024 runDonovan added.

While Facebook and YouTube blocked him indefinitely, leaving open the possibility that he might be backTwitter has issued a permanent ban, and Twitter spokesman Trenton Kennedy said on Friday that the company stands by it. However, billionaire Elon Musk, who is in process of acquiring Twitter, said he would reinstate Trump in office.

Some users on Friday claimed that Truth Social, which advertises itself as a free speech haven, to compete with what they call Twitter’s censored “cancellation culture” helped stifle discussion of hearing straight.

Travis Allen, information safety analyst in Kentucky said his Truth Social account was suspended minutes after he responded to Trump’s account Thursday night. with link to the hearing on 6 January.

Allen, who said he was not a Trump fan, said he couldn’t remember exactly what he had written but didn’t think it violated the site’s rules. rules.

I didn’t ‘think that post was even noticeable,” he told The Washington Post. on Friday. “This is the height of hypocrisy for Truth Social to claim support “freedom of speech” and then ban users for talk about hearings.

Representatives for Trump Media & Technology Group, which owns Truth Social, did not respond to inquiries. for comment.

Website on Friday did show some posts critical of Trump, although many others have criticized the congressional investigation as a “hoax”. In February, the site blocked an account ridiculing former Congressman Devin Nunez (Republic of California) who resigned from Congress to become head of trump company, with salary of $750,000 per year year.

Before the hearing, some pro-Trump influencers urged them to online followers ignore it. Conservative radio host Dan Bongino posted on his Truth Social account a few minutes before the start of the hearing: “Don’t miss the hockey game Be sure to watch TV tonight!” What online attitude matched their cable counterparts on Fox News, which showed little of hearing and called it “anti-Trump show judgment” and “pretense”.

After the hearing, Trump’s allies attempted to discount the committee’s findings based on on 1000 interviews, 140,000 documents and hours of visual evidence as biased or erroneous. Ali Alexander, conservative activist who organized the action “Stop theft”. on January 6 and testified before the committee in December, said on Truth Social that the committee used edited videos and fake audio recordings without providing any evidence. back up these claims. “Have you ever seen the video with more fake edits and SPICES?” He wrote.

Committee video featured long lines of previously unseen police footage body cameras and surveillance cameras of the Capitol that revealed the brawls in creepy detail. “We can’t keep it. We’re about to get too much fucking people. … We screwed up”, one the officer said.

But a lot of video also came from social media, like Parler, right social network popular then with Trump supporters. AT one cliphuman in the crowd surrounded the officers steps from the Capitol shouts: “We were invited by the president of United States.”

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