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(The Hill) – The House committee investigating the Jan.6, 2021 attack on the Capitol on Thursday subpoenaed some of the country’s largest social media and tech companies, arguing that they had not been received at following a request for information in August.

All four subpoenas were sent to Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube.

“Two key questions for the select committee are how the spread of disinformation and violent extremism has contributed to the violent attack on our democracy, and what steps, if any, social media companies have taken to prevent their platforms from being fertile ground for radicalizing people to violence, “committee chairman Bennie Thompson (Miss D.) said in a statement.

“It is disappointing that after months of engagement we still do not have the documents and information necessary to answer these fundamental questions.

In one of its first formal actions, the committee sent a request to 15 websites and tech companies in late August asking them to keep records related to the January 6 riot.

The panel called for internal and external reviews of 2020 election misinformation or violent extremism, all content given to law enforcement related to these topics, and all relevant internal communications.

The aim was to determine how social media was used to organize the attack, to what extent the sites are contributing to radicalization and the spread of disinformation, and what companies know about their use in the attack. -same.

But the massive demand for information appears to have largely stopped with some of the tech giants, the panel said.

“After more than four months of good faith negotiations by the select committee, it has become clear that Twitter is unwilling to commit to voluntarily and promptly comply with the select committee’s demands,” the committee wrote. in a subpoena to the company.


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