The House committee that led the investigation into the January 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol uprising on Thursday issued subpoenas against four major tech companies.
On January 6, select committee chair Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) sent letters to YouTube parent company Alphabet, Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta, Reddit and Twitter, demanding that those companies provide additional information about how those companies are doing. platforms were used to organize the day. violent events.
In the announcement, the commission accused any company of hosting content related to planning the attack on the US Capitol. “Metaplatforms were reportedly used to share messages of hate, violence and incitement; to spread misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories surrounding the election; and to coordinate or attempt to coordinate the Stop the Steal movement,” the committee said, noting that it believes Facebook’s now-disbanded Civic Integrity team had information relevant to the investigation.
As Gadgets Price reported at the time, Facebook was a major hub of the Stop the Steal movement, as the platform failed to control the distribution of content that denied the legitimate results of the 2020 US presidential election. Facebook was also previously the organizing platform of choice for some of the extremist and militia-like organizations that came to play a role in the Capitol attack, including the Proud Boys and the Three Percenters.
” would have used the platform for communication about the planning and execution of the attack.”
The committee first requested relevant records from 15 different platforms in August last year, though that letter also demanded information from extremist-friendly sites, including 4chan, 8kun, Gab, Parler and theDonald.win, in addition to more traditional social media apps. such as Snapchat, Twitch and TikTok.
The commission is reviewing its previous demands from the four mainstream social platforms after those companies failed to provide sufficiently detailed information “despite repeated and specific requests,” this time with a deadline of January 27.