U.S. House Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Google, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit

The United States House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has issued subpoenas to four social media giants on Jan. 13 as part of its probe.

The Committee again demanded records from Google parent company Alphabet, Facebook parent company Meta, Reddit, and Twitter to hand over records related to the spread of misinformation and efforts to overturn the 2020 election, as well as domestic violent extremism.

The subpoenas come “after inadequate responses to prior requests for information,” the Committee said.

“Two key 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 — social media companies took to prevent their platforms from being breeding grounds for radicalizing people to violence. It’s disappointing that after months of engagement, we still do not have the documents and information necessary to answer those basic questions,” Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement.

The Committee believes the social media giants have not disclosed information critical to the investigation, Thompson wrote in the letters to each of the companies.

Thompson cited that Alphabet did not produce documents to clarify its discussions and policies that suspend former President Donald Trump’s Youtube account in the wake of the Capitol riot.

Thompson said that Meta did not provide documents related to the disbandment of its team that focused on election risks ahead of the riot despite “repeated and specific requests.”

Thompson accused Reddit of refusing “to produce internal documents to support its conclusory public statements that Reddit played no role in January 6th.”

Thompson also said that Twitter has not fully explained why it suspended Trump’s account.

The Committee gave the companies until Jan. 27 to produce relevant documents.


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