Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Twitter, Reddit, Google and Facebook to See ‘How the Spread of Misinformation Contributed to Capitol Attack’
The illegitimate January 6 committee subpoenaed Twitter, Reddit, Google and Facebook in its probe of the Capitol protest.
The panel asked the tech companies for documents over the summer however J-6 panel chairman Bennie Thompson said the committee received “inadequate responses.”
The select committee wants the documents to see how so-called ‘misinformation’ spread on the platforms to ‘influence or overturn the 2020 election.’
“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,” Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said in a statement Thursday.
The bipartisan committee had asked for a trove of records last summer from those and other social companies, but said it received “inadequate responses” from some of the largest platforms.
The committee again demanded that Google parent company Alphabet, Twitter, Reddit and Meta — formerly known as Facebook — hand over a slew of records related to domestic terrorism, the spread of misinformation and efforts to influence or overturn the 2020 election.
“It’s disappointing that after months of engagement, we still do not have the documents and information necessary to answer those basic questions,” Thompson said. “The Select Committee is working to get answers for the American people and help ensure nothing like January 6th ever happens again. We cannot allow our important work to be delayed any further.”
A Reddit spokesperson confirmed the company received the subpoena and said in a statement they “will continue to work with the committee on their requests.” A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment.