The congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 assault on the US Capitol on Thursday subpoenaed data from YouTube, Fb, Twitter and Reddit that might element the usage of social media within the assault.
Subpoenas had been despatched to YouTube father or mother Alphabet (Google), Fb father or mother Meta and the 2 others for data that might assist clarify “how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism contributed to the violent attack on our democracy,” mentioned Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Home Choose January 6 Committee.
Thompson mentioned the businesses had not responded adequately to requests for data to assist in its investigation of the violent assault a 12 months in the past on the Capitol by supporters of then-president Donald Trump.
The committee is probing how the assault, which shut down the US Congress, got here collectively and whether or not Trump and members of his circle had any half in encouraging it.
In a subpoena to Alphabet Chief Government Sundar Pichai, Thompson mentioned YouTube was a “platform for significant communications by its users that were relevant to the planning and execution of January 6th attack,” together with, he mentioned, Trump advisor Steve Bannon.
Fb, he informed Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, was used “in the months and days before January 6, 2021, to share messages of hate, violence, and incitement, to spread misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories.”
Each Twitter and Reddit had been used for discussing and planning the assault on the Capitol, based on two different subpoenas.
“Twitter was reportedly warned about potential violence being planned,” the subpoena to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal mentioned.
The committee, which has already interviewed some 300 witnesses, has issued subpoenas for a number of key figures and paperwork, together with one for Republican Home chief Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday.
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