The Associated Press reported that 49 individuals were accused of participating in the January 6th riot at US Capitol Building. They tried to delete images, videos and texts from their phones and accounts on social media. According to authorities, the suspects may have known that photos and videos uploaded by others in the riot could be used against them.
The AP cited several instances where the social media posts of accused rioters contradicted their statements to authorities about their involvement with the attack.
On January 6, hundreds of Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol building to protest the election results. According to Attorney General Merrick Garland, more than 500 people were arrested in connection with the riot.
Sen. Mark Warner (D.Virginia), requested that mobile carriers and social media platforms preserve any content or metadata connected to the attack in the days following it.
The Washington Post reported Saturday, that the Department of Justice began arresting those who attacked journalists documenting the riot and damaged their equipment. According to the Post, the charges against the individuals include causing violence or destroying property within the grounds of Capitol.