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Meet the social media detectives who are trawling through a sea of online footage to help identify the US Capitol insurrectionists

Added 01-16-21 06:14:02am EST - “The process of pinning down what happened and who was part of the mob that stormed the Capitol is playing out online in real-time.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Meet the social media detectives who are trawling through a sea of online footage to help identify the US Capitol insurrectionists”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

As hundreds of angry Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol last week, Dylan Reeves immediately went to work.

The New Zealand-based film producer logged onto social media, searching for any clues, video, and photographic evidence to determine what exactly had happened and who the violent insurrectionists were. 

"Watching the situation unfold in the US was incredible," Reeves told Insider. "I'd seen talk of invading the Capitol and interrupting the certification, but I don't think I could have imagined it would be as effective as it turned out to be."

Reeves said that while he is no expert — and only had minimal experience with open-source investigations — he was eager to help identify some of the protesters because he always "enjoyed solving puzzles."

"I was following many of the Twitter threads from early on. It was immediately clear that lots of photos and videos would exist, but how many would become public and how useful they'd be remained to be seen," he added.

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