Twitter, Meta among tech giants subpoenaed by Jan. 6 panel

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The House committee investigating the Capitol rebellion has issued summons to Twitter, Meta, Reddit and YouTube, demanding documents from lawmakers who said the companies’ initial responses were inadequate.

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WASHINGTON — Months after requesting documents from more than a dozen social platforms, the House committee investigating the Capitol rebellion has issued subpoenas targeting Twitter, Meta, Reddit and YouTube after lawmakers said the companies Initial responses were insufficient.

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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 people for violence. Thompson, D-Miss., said in the letter.

He said it was “disappointing that after months of engagement,” the companies have not voluntarily turned over the necessary information and documents that would help lawmakers answer the questions at the center of their investigation.

In his letter, Thompson pointed out the way the companies were complicit in the deadly rebellion perpetrated by pro-Trump and far-right groups.

Alphabet-owned YouTube was the platform where there was a significant amount of communication “relevant to the planning and execution” of the siege against Capitol, “including livestreams of the attack,” the letter said.

On Reddit, the “r/the-donald” ‘subreddit’ community grew significantly, the letter said, before members moved to an official website where investigators believe a plan of attack The discussion was hosted around.

The letter described how Twitter had been warned about potential violence that was being planned on its platform prior to the attack and how its users were “communications raising allegations of election fraud by the former president, including himself”. were engaged in

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