The Telegram channel dropping the name, different chapters breaking off from the national leadership, it all speaks to a rift that's occurring in the Proud Boys. That brand has become too toxic. — Jared Holt, a fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab
The Telegram channel dropping the name, different chapters breaking off from the national leadership, it all speaks to a rift that's occurring in the Proud Boys. That brand has become too toxic. — Jared Holt, a fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab
The far-right Proud Boys group is splintering in the wake of its being outed as a longtime informant for the FBI
  • The Proud Boys group is splintering and in disarray in the wake of the Capitol riot.
  • Its leader, Enrique Tarrio, was unmasked as an FBI informant, leading some chapters to secede.
  • It's main Telegram channel was renamed after some complained the brand had grown toxic.
Tarrio was unmasked as an informant on January 28, several weeks after the riot at the US Capitol where members of the "male chauvinist" street gang played a prominent role.

Tarrio had been arrested shortly ahead of the insurrection on destruction-of-property charges.

Since the riot on January 6, the group has been thrown into disarray, with Tarrio's exposure as informant spreading paranoia.


The groups is split into various regional groups, or chapters. The Daily Beast reported on Sunday that the revelation about Tarrio prompted chapters in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Indiana to distance themselves from the central leadership.

On Telegram, the encrypted app favored by the group after being banned by other platforms, its main channel was recently renamed. This, say experts, indicates that many adherents no longer want to be associated with the Proud Boys name.

"The Telegram channel dropping the name, different chapters breaking off from the national leadership, it all speaks to a rift that's occurring in the Proud Boys," said Jared Holt, a fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab to USA Today.

"That brand has become too toxic."

And to add to its woes, the group was designated as a terror group by the Canadian government on February 3.
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