The Jan.6 committee cites Twitter, Reddit, Google and Facebook to see ‘how the spread of misinformation contributed to the attack on Capitol Hill’
The illegitimate January 6 committee cited Twitter, Reddit, Google, and Facebook in its investigation of the protest on Capitol Hill.
The panel asked tech companies for documents over the summer, however J-6 panel chair Bennie Thompson said the committee received “inadequate responses.”
The select committee wants the documents to see how so-called “misinformation” is spread on platforms to “influence or override the 2020 elections.”
“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, did social media companies take to prevent their platforms from becoming a breeding ground to radicalize people towards violence. ”President Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said in a statement Thursday.
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The bipartisan committee had requested a large number of registrations last summer from those and other social enterprises, but said it received “inappropriate responses” from some of the larger platforms.
The committee again demanded that Google’s parent company Alphabet, Twitter, Reddit and Meta, formerly known as Facebook, turn over a large number of records related to internal terrorism, the spread of misinformation, and efforts to influence or overturn the elections. 2020.
“It is disappointing that after months of commitment, we still do not have the necessary documents and information to answer those basic questions,” Thompson said. “The Select Committee is working to get answers for the American people and to help ensure that nothing like January 6 happens again. We cannot allow our important work to be delayed any longer. “
A Reddit spokesperson confirmed that the company received the subpoena and said in a statement that they will “continue to work with the committee on their requests.” A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment.