Facebook pressed to retain digital evidence from Capitol riot


One of Big Tech’s distinguished critics in Washington known as on telecom and social media firms to protect digital evidence from this week’s pro-Trump riots on the U.S. Capitol, which left 5 folks lifeless.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, wrote to Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and requested him to “undertake reasonable measures” to retain any content material linked to the assaults which may be wanted for future authorized motion.

“The texts, videos and pictures posted to your platforms — and associated meta-data, cloud backups and subscriber information — are critical evidence in helping to bring these rioters to justice,” Warner wrote in a letter dated Friday. “The United States Capitol is now a crime scene.”

Warner, the incoming chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, earlier described Twitter Inc.’s choice to ban President Donald Trump as “an overdue step.” Facebook has already blocked Trump on its platforms a minimum of till the top of his time period.

Separately, the Office of the House Sergeant at Arms on Saturday known as on members of Congress and workers to present Capitol Police with any digital evidence they’ve from final Wednesday’s violent scenes, when a mob stormed the constructing and disrupted Congress’s depend of Electoral College votes.

This contains video and images, in accordance to a memo. The recipients had been additionally inspired to report some other crimes together with theft or destruction as quickly as doable.

The Department of Justice on Saturday introduced that three males who allegedly took half within the riots on the U.S. Capitol had been arrested, together with a Florida man photographed carrying the House Speaker’s lectern whereas smiling and waving.


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