'No change without bloodshed': Parler users call for violence during riots

'No change without bloodshed': Parler users call for violence during riots

Pro-Trump protesters storm the U.S. Capitol during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.
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Conservative-leaning social media sites Parler and Gab erupted with talk of a revolution as mobs stormed the Capitol.

"The time has come Patriots. This is our time. Time to take back our country. Time to fight for our freedom," wrote Lin Wood, a pro-Trump lawyer, on Parler.

"I can't wait to tell my great grandchildren about this glorious day," wrote Gab CEO Andrew Tobias.

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As a mob smashed its way into the US Capitol, calls for an armed revolution echoed through Parler and Gab, conservative-leaning social media apps. "Hold your ground!!! Keep the ground you have gained. Do not relinquish what we have," wrote one Parler user, who went by the handle "Immortal Noble Beard" and identified himself as a Proud Boy. Many chimed in with posts tagged #revolution, #fightback, #firingsquad, and #civilwar. Others spread rumors that Antifa was behind the mob. Parler sprung to life in 2018 as a no-holds-barred free speech app, an alternative social network for those too radical for Twitter or Facebook, funded in part by Rebekah Mercer. The network describes itself as "unbiased social media" and has become popular in pro-Trump circles. Many don't use their real names, and even fewer have photos on their profiles.
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