The House committee investigating the Capitol uprising issued subpoenas to Twitter, Meta, Reddit and YouTube, demanding documents after lawmakers said the companies’ initial responses were inadequate
WASHINGTON – Months after requesting documents from more than a dozen social platforms, the House committee investigating the Capitol Hill uprising has issued subpoenas targeting Twitter, Meta, Reddit and YouTube after lawmakers stated that the initial responses from companies were inadequate.
“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, ”Thompson, D-Miss., said in the letter.
He added that it is “disappointing that after months of engagement” companies have failed to voluntarily hand over the necessary information and documents that would help lawmakers answer the questions at the heart of their investigation.
In his letter, Thompson described how the companies were complicit in the deadly insurgency perpetuated by pro-Trump supporters and far-right groups.
YouTube, owned by Alphabet, was the platform on which a significant amount of communication took place “regarding the planning and execution” of the siege on Capitol Hill, “including live broadcasts of the attack such as ‘it was happening,’ the letter said.
On Reddit, the ‘r / The — Donald’ ‘subreddit’ community grew significantly, according to the letter, before members migrated to an official site where investigators believe discussions around planning for the attack were made. were hosted.
The letter described how Twitter had been alerted to the potential violence that was expected on its platform prior to the attack and how its users engaged in “communications amplifying allegations of electoral fraud, including by the former president. himself “.