DC rioters reportedly used walkie-talkie app Zello to storm Capitol

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Some of the rioters who stormed the US Capitol last week communicated with each other through walkie-talkie social media app Zello, which has become popular among militias, according to a report. A…
Some of the rioters who stormed the US Capitol last week communicated with each other through walkie-talkie social media app Zello, which has become popular among militias, according to a report.

At least two members of the mob used Zello to talk with other people who appeared to be inciting them from other locations, The Guardian reported, citing audio and chat logs it reviewed.

"We are in the main dome right now," a female militia member was heard saying amid the mayhem, the outlet reported. "We are rocking it. They're throwing grenades, they're frickin' shooting people with paintballs, but we're in here."

A male voice replied from a quiet location: "God bless and godspeed. Keep going."

Another person was heard saying: "Jess, do your s—. This is what we f—- lived up for. Everything we f—- trained for."

The frantic exchanges took place at 2:44 p.m. Jan. 6 in a public channel called "STOP THE STEAL J6" on the app, which claims to have 150 million users and has avoided the proactive moderation of far-right rhetoric, according to The Guardian.

Zello has been used by the Cajun Navy, a group of volunteers who aid people stranded in storms, but is also home to more than 800 far-right channels that appear to violate its policy that bars anyone who promotes "violent ideologies," the news outlet reported.

Zello said it was "prepared to take action on those," adding that it was working on a more elaborate response.

In addition to locking some public features that would help researchers find more extremist content, the app had begun deleting some far-right groups as of Wednesday.

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