ProPublica has released a new interactive resource of over 500 videos taken in Washington, DC on January 6th, the day of the Capitol riots, providing an unfiltered look at the day’s occasions. The videos were sourced from Parler, the social media popular with Trump’s fans, whose database of over one million videos was archived prior to the service was taken offline.
We’ve covered previous attempts to arrange these videos into easy-to-view online resources, like this interactive map from Patr10 tic. What’s notable about ProPublica’s site is how easily you can scrub through a timeline of videos and sort by general area: Around DC, Near Capitol, and Inside Capitol.
It’s an eye-opening resource which captures videos of the mob’s violent actions, consisting of vandalism and hazards versus lawmakers. Because the videos are arranged chronologically, you’ll typically see the very same scene captured from multiple angles, making it much easier to see what’s really occurring regardless of the mayhem.
In an accompanying writeup, ProPublica describes how it wound up with the over 500 videos consisted of in the resource. It states it initially got the videos from an anonymous developer who archived over 1 million clips from Parler prior to it went offline. ProPublica then took out around 2,500 videos based upon the time they were submitted and their area data. From these, its personnel picked over 500 videos which they thought to be newsworthy and relevant to the day’s occasions.
Regardless of the amount of videos included in the resource, ProPublica keeps in mind that there are some significant blindspots. It just has one video from inside the Senate or Home chambers, in spite of media footage that suggests rioters were recording inside the spaces.