Parler ‘welcomes’ FBI probe of company policies after House Oversight calls for review of Capitol riot role

Parler ‘welcomes’ FBI probe of company policies after House Oversight calls for review of Capitol riot role

Parler
said
it
“welcomes”
calls
from
the

House
Oversight
Committee
for
a
“robust
examination”
of
its
policies and
said
it
has
been
“cooperating
and
will
continue
to”
with
law
enforcement
efforts
in
the investigation
into
the
Capitol
riot
earlier
this
month.

Parler’s
comments
come
after
House
Oversight
Committee
Chair
Carolyn

Maloney,
D-N.Y.,
requested
that
the
FBI
investigate
the
social
media
platform’s
“role”
as
a
“potential
facilitator”
of
planning
or
inciting
the
violence
at
the
Capitol
on
Jan.
6.


HOUSE
OVERSIGHT
DEMS
DEMAND
FBI
PROBE
INTO
PARLER
ROLE
IN
CAPITOL
RIOT

Parler
Chief
Operating
Office
Jeffrey
Wernick
on
Thursday
said,
“Like
other
social-media
platforms,
we
have
been
cooperating
and
will
continue
to
cooperate
with
law-enforcement
efforts
to
identify
and
prosecute
those
individuals
responsible
for
organizing
and
carrying
out
the
shameless
Jan.
6
attack
on
the
Capitol.”

“Parler
welcomes
Rep.
Maloney’s
call
to
have
the
Federal
Bureau
of
Investigation
conduct
a
robust
examination
of
our
policies
and
actions,”
Wernick
said.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30: Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) delivers her opening statement at a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on September 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. The current and former executives of three major drug companies were to testify on the high cost in the U.S. of prescription drugs. (Photo by Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON,
DC

SEPTEMBER
30:
Chairwoman
Carolyn
Maloney
(D-NY)
delivers
her
opening
statement
at
a
hearing
of
the
House
Oversight
and
Reform
Committee
on
September
30,
2020
in
Washington,
DC.
The
current
and
former
executives
of
three
major
drug
companies
were
to
testify
on
the
high
cost
in
the
U.S.
of
prescription
drugs.
(Photo
by
Alex
Edelman-Pool/Getty
Images)

(Getty
Images)

Wernick’s
comments
come
after
Maloney
sent
a
letter
to
the
FBI
on
Thursday
requesting
that
the
bureau
also
review
whether
Parler
facilitated
planning for
the
riot,
and
questioned
whether
it
is
“a
potential
conduit
for
foreign
governments
who
may
be
financing
civil
unrest
in
the
United
States.”

Maloney
pointed
to
a
number
of
individuals
who
have
been
arrested
and
charged
threatening
violence
against
elected
officials
or
for
their
role
in
participating
directly
in
the
Capitol
riot,
and
said
the
Justice
Department
alleged
that
some
conspirators
posted
threatening
message
on
Parler.

“It
is
clear
that
Parler
houses
additional
evidence
critical
to
investigations
of
the
attack
on
the
Capitol,”
Maloney
wrote.

In
her
letter,
Maloney
went
on
to
point
to
questions
raised
about
“Parler’s
financing
and
its
ties
to
Russia.”

The
intelligence
community
has
warned,
repeatedly,
that
Russia,
as
well
as
other
adversaries,
have
used
social
media
and
other
measures
“to
sow
discord
in
the
United
States
and
interfere
with
our
democracy.”

“The
company
was
founded
by
John
Matze
shortly
after
he
traveled
to
Russia
with
his
wife,
who
is
Russian
and
whose
family
reportedly
has
ties
to
the
Russian
government,”
Maloney
wrote,
adding
that
“concerns
about
the
company’s
connections
to
Russia
have
grown”
since
the
company
“re-emerged
on
a
Russian
hosting
service,
DDos-Guard,
after
being
denied
services
by
Amazon
Web
Services.”

Maloney
said
DDos-Guard
“has
ties
to
the
Russian
government
and
hosts
the
websites
of
other
far-right
extremist
groups,
as
well
as
the
terrorist
group
Hamas.”

PARLER
CEO
BARRED
FROM
PLATFORM
BACKEND:
‘WE
DON’T
HAVE
ANY
MORE
ACCESS’

“Given
these
concerns,
we
ask
that
the
FBI
undertake
a
robust
review
of
the
role
played
by
Parler
in
the
January
6
attacks,
including
(1)
as
a
potential
facilitator
of
planning
and
incitement
related
to
the
attacks,
(2)
as
a
repository
of
key
evidence
posted
by
users
on
its
site,
and
(3)
as
potential
conduit
for
foreign
governments
who
may
be
financing
civil
unrest
in
the
United
States,”
Maloney
wrote.

She
added
that
her
committee
would
conduct
its
own
investigation
of
the
matters,
and
requested
a
meeting
with
FBI
officials
on
the
status
and
scope
of
its
review
“consistent
with
protecting
the
integrity
of
law
enforcement
efforts
on
this
front.” 

Parler
was
removed
from
Google
Play
and
the
Apple
App
Store
following
the
deadly
Jan.
6
riot
at
the
U.S.
Capitol.
Soon
after,
Amazon
Web
Services
also
disconnected
Parler
from
its
servers.

Brooke
Singman
is
a
Politics
Reporter
for
Fox
News.
Follow
her
on
Twitter
at
@BrookeSingman.

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