Atlantic Council’s DFRLab publishes new report in Just Security: #StopTheSteal: A timeline of social media and extremist activities leading up to 1/6 insurrection

Pro-Trump supporters storm the United States Capitol Building after a March to Save America Rally on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC, USA. Photo: Joel Marklund/BILDBYRÅN/Reuters

On Wednesday, February 10, the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) released a major new report on the events leading up to the Capitol attack: #StopTheSteal: A Timeline of Social Media and Extremist Activities Leading up to 1/6 Insurrection (published via Just Security). This in-depth investigation is the most comprehensive timeline for #StopTheSteal to date, and it tracks the campaign to deny the results of the 2020 election from its origins in the 2016 election up through the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol. The timeline uses open-source investigatory techniques to map the movement’s evolution, calls for violence, and eventual descent onto Washington. The report also includes inside glances at online communities involved in the January 6 attack never before published. 

The timeline was written by the DFRLab’s Jared Holt and edited by Andy Carvin, Graham Brookie and Zarine Kharazian, with additional research by Emerson T. Brooking, Alyssa Kann, Jacqueline Malaret, Max Rizzuto and Jean Le Roux.