January 6 committee subpoenas Google, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit in probe of Capitol attack

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  • The House select committee probing the deadly Capitol riots has summoned social media giants Twitter, Reddit and the parent companies of Facebook and Google, the panel’s chairman said on Thursday.
  • The selection committee last summer sought a trove of records from those and other social companies, but said it received “inadequate responses” from the four biggest platforms.
  • The committee wants several records related to domestic terrorism, the spread of misinformation and attempts to influence or reverse the 2020 election.

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The House select committee probing the deadly Capitol riots has summoned social media giants Twitter, Reddit and the parent companies of Facebook and Google, the panel’s chairman said on Thursday.

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According to a press release on Thursday, the selection committee last summer sought a trove of records from those and other social companies, but received “inadequate responses” from the four largest platforms.

The committee is demanding once again that Google’s parent companies Alphabet, Twitter, Reddit and Meta – formerly known as Facebook – stop domestic terrorism, the spread of misinformation and attempts to influence or reverse the 2020 election. Submit relevant records.

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“Two major questions for the select committee are how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism contributed to the violent attack on our democracy, and what steps – if any – have social media companies taken to radicalize their platforms to violence. to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for the virus,” President Benny Thompson, D-Miss., said in the press release.

“It’s disappointing that even after months of engagement, we don’t have the necessary documentation and information to answer those basic questions,” Thompson said. “The selection committee is working to get answers for the American people and help make sure nothing like January 6th ever happens again. We can’t let our important work get delayed any longer.”

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