The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol has issued subpoenas to four social media companies as part of its investigation into the riot and its causes.
The committee issued subpoenas to Google’s parent company
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after receiving what the committee said were inadequate responses to its earlier requests for information. The committee is demanding records related to the spread of misinformation, efforts to cancel the 2020 election, domestic extremism and foreign influence in the 2020 election.
“Two key questions for the select committee are how the spread of disinformation and violent extremism has contributed to the violent assault on our democracy, and what steps, if any, social media companies have taken to prevent their platforms from becoming a breeding ground for the radicalization of people. violence,” said committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.). “It is disappointing that after months of engagement, we still do not have the documents and information needed to answer these fundamental questions.”
The committee said it was investigating the role of social media platforms in efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and what the companies might have known about the spread of extremism before January 6, 2021.
Mr Thompson said in a letter to Alphabet that his YouTube was being used for communications related to the January 6 attack and to spread false information about the election. In a letter to Meta, Thompson cited public reports that the company’s platforms, including Facebook, were used to spread messages of violence and mobilize people to challenge election results.
“We have been actively cooperating with the select committee since they began their investigation, substantially responding to their requests for documents, and we are committed to working with Congress throughout this process,” Alphabet said in a statement. .
Meta spokesman Andy Stone said “Meta has produced material to the committee at the request of the scheduling committee staff – and we will continue to do so.”
A Reddit spokesperson said the company has received the subpoena and will continue to work with the committee on its demands.
Twitter declined to comment.
The committee’s latest round of subpoenas comes a day after it asked House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy of California to voluntarily provide information about his conversations with the then president.
before, during and after the riot. Mr McCarthy rejected the request, saying he was politically motivated.
The panel is led by Mr. Thompson and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.). The investigation focuses on the causes and security breaches of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, when Trump supporters stormed the building and temporarily halted Democratic certification
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The panel has requested records from a number of social media companies over the past few months. The committee has also reached out to former Trump administration officials and allies for testimony or documents.
the panel has also requested to meet with Representatives Scott Perry (R., Pa.) and Jim Jordan (R., Ohio). Both rejected the committee’s request, saying the panel was illegitimate.
—Salvador Rodriguez contributed to this article.
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