Via Getty is not actually the identity of a man seen walking away with the podium and waving cheerfully at the camera. The man is seen wearing a cap with “Trump” written on it–a devoted supporter indeed. While his action has angered people, his name has been caught all the wrong–Via Getty.
To be clear, “via Getty” is not a person. It just means that this photo comes via Getty Images. https://t.co/SZY4yQ0AlI
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) January 7, 2021
The confusion began when a journalist shared this man’s picture and wrote ‘Via Getty’ in the caption. He was basically giving the photo credit to the photo agency Getty. “Via Getty, one of the rioters steals a podium from the Capitol,” the journalist wrote.
In no time the tweet picked up and people who were already angry over the turn of events, without giving it a thought, thought that Via Getty was his name.
The ‘Via Getty’ part of the caption was taken so seriously, and so wrong, that the journalist who tweeted the caption had to send out another tweet to clarify that Getty is a photo agency and not this person.
Capitol building Stormed by Trump’s Mob
Some disturbing images are coming out of the US Capitol building which was stormed, ransacked, and vandalised by Trump supporters on Wednesday. Security officers in dark suits drew their pistols and trained them on the shouting mob trying to smash their way through the door of the normally sedate House of Representatives chamber.
It was one of many shocking moments that played out on television screens across the world as the seat of the world’s greatest democracy came under assault from hundreds of protesters angered by Trump’s loss to his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in the November presidential election.
Protestors stormed the capitol building and forced their way past Capitol Hill police. As angry rioters began roaming through the hallways, police escorted Vice President Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and other members of Congress out of the Capitol building.
BREAKING: revolution in process as Trump supporters break into the Capitol building, attacking police, breaking windows, and knocking down doors
Full anarchy at this “mostly peaceful” demonstration DC
The people have pushed through & are storming to main chambers pic.twitter.com/NW6VDDNBQw
— ELIJAH 🇺🇸🇦🇺 (@ElijahSchaffer) January 6, 2021
With the capitol building still occupied by a violent mob, it’s not clear how much access rioters have gained to sensitive information. With luck, staffers who had access to classified data managed to log off before evacuating their offices. But with thousands of people working on Capitol Hill, it seems likely that some serious data breaches will occur.
Members of Congress fleeing a pro-Trump mob left their offices so quickly that at least one staffer left their computer on and logged into their official email, according to a screenshot posted by a conservative reporter. Elijah Schaffer, a conservative reporter for the Glenn Beck publication The Blaze, wrote that he was “inside Nancy Pelosi’s office” with what he called “revolutionaries” who have “stormed the building.”
Protesters stormed the building, with quite a few going out of their way to steal items or lounge around. One woman was shot and killed. Two explosive devices were allegedly found at the Republican National Committee, and a suspicious package reportedly to led the evacuation of the Democratic National Committee.