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Every video ever posted to Parler is now available in a range of torrents that anyone can download. The videos, which make up terabytes of data, are seeded and combed through by archivists and data hoarders.
The January 6 riots on Capitol Hill were live-streamed on social media. Archivists worked quickly to save the day’s video and data, especially from ParlerA hacker has more than 56 terabytes of data pulled from the far-right social media site, and now almost every video captured in that archive is available on Bittorrent for anyone to download and watch.
The project is a work in progress. “These torrents contain video.parler.com public video archives, as they existed,” the projects GitHub explained“Some of the videos archived by the archive team no longer exist, but there is still a large portion left.”
The images are raw, unsorted and chaotic. It is an archive of Parler’s videos as they existed at the time the archive was scraped after the Capitol Hill riots. They are unsorted, some are fragmented and don’t play, and many have nothing to do with the riots. There are reposted TikTok videos, memes, foreign language videos, news footage and everything in between.
Groups like Bellingcat and several solitary archiving tools have created more manageable ways to watch videos uploaded from January 6, but this raw dump will give them more fodder and will be much more comprehensive for people who want to look through it.
One of the first videos I saw reading through the data was the 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger Christmas Comedy trailer Jingle All the WaySome of the material is light, but since this is Parler, there is a clear theme. Masked men in computer-controlled voices talk about news clips while talking about the coming storm. One woman painfully explains why she believes the COVID-19 vaccine will turn us all into passive mutants. A woman talking directly to the camera with a Snapchat filter that gives her puppy ears and big anime eyes talks about confronting a woman at Wal-Mart with masks.
And then there are the images of the riot, which have been preserved in intolerable detail by hackers and archivists. Every video in the archive is footage that was publicly available at the time the data was scraped. The archive is broken down into manageable chunks about 4 GB, so seeders can’t download every video at once and more uploads every hour. An RSS feed for the archive is hereA list of the individual torrents is here