FBI posts on Twitter, Facebook seeking help IDing people involved in Capitol Hill violence


The FBI sought the public’s help to identify those involved in Wednesday’s violence at the US Capitol.

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The FBI turned to social media to seek the public’s help in identifying those involved in Wednesday’s violence on Capitol Hill.  A mob of people stormed the US Capitol as Congress gathered in the building to certify Joe Biden as the next US president, following weeks of President Donald Trump making baseless claims that the 2020 election had been fraudulent.

“The FBI is seeking to identify individuals instigating violence in Washington, D.C,. We are accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting or violence in and around the U.S. Capitol on January 6.” the bureau posted on Twitter and Facebook on Thursday, with a link to a form on its website.

From there, you can submit photos or videos related to the incident.

“Our goal is to preserve the public’s constitutional right to protest by protecting everyone from violence and other criminal activity,” it noted.

Both Twitter and Facebook temporarily blocked Trump for the first time following the violence, with Twitter saying his posts violated its rules against interfering in elections or other civic processes. 

On Thursday, Trump shared a statement via White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino. He promised an “orderly transition” of power on Jan. 20, but said he still disagrees with the election’s outcome and made no mention of concession. 

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