In court documents about the pro-Trump riots at the Capitol, Facebook is cited far more than any other social network

In court documents about the pro-Trump riots at the Capitol, Facebook is cited far more than any other social network
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaving The Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Ireland after a meeting with politicians to discuss regulation of social media and harmful content in April 2019.Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images
  • Court documents related to the Capitol riots on January 6 mention Facebook more than any other social-media site.
  • A George Washington University group is cataloging court documents about those arrested in connection with the riots.
  • Reviewing the documents, Forbes found Facebook referenced far more than YouTube and far-right platform Parler.

Facebook is the most widely-referenced social media network in court documents about 223 people arrested in connection with the attempted insurrection on January 6, according to a review of the documents by Forbes.

References in the documents, which are being catalogued by George Washington University's Program on Extremism on an ongoing basis, include posts, messages, and livestreamed videos, according to Forbes. Facebook is far more widely referenced than other networks, including Parler, the far-right social media platform that was banned from Apple's App Store in the wake of the riots, Forbes reported.

In those documents, Facebook is referenced more than 70 times, Forbes reported Sunday. By comparison, Instagram and YouTube are referenced only a few dozen times at most, while Parler only shows up eight times, Forbes reported.

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has said that the social media service wasn't responsible for helping people organize ahead of the January 6 "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington D.C.


"I think these events were largely organized on platforms that don't have our abilities to stop hate, and don't have our standards, and don't have our transparency," Sandberg said in mid-January.

Parler was pulled from Apple's App Store after users cheered on the attempted insurrection.

Five people died during the storming of Congress, including a US Capitol police officer, and dozens more were injured.