Facebook, Google, Twitter and Reddit are subscribed to by the January 6 committee
Facebook, Google, Twitter and Reddit were joined by a Congressional select committee investigating the January 6 revolution at the U.S. Capitol. In a statement, the committee said the companies' responses so far had been "inappropriate".
"Two key questions for the Select Committee are how the dissemination of misinformation and violent terrorism have contributed to the violent attack on our democracy, and what steps - if any - have social media companies taken to prevent the uprising. their floors from being breeding grounds for violence. , ”Said committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
“It is disappointing that, after months of communication, we do not yet have the documents and information necessary to answer these fundamental questions. The Select Committee is working to find answers for the American people and to make sure that nothing like January 6 happens again. We can no longer allow our important work to be put off. ”
The committee is looking for a range of records related to consumer activity on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Reddit, as well as internal documents on the handling of companies on 6 January. As a contract for these new subpoenas, all companies were given a January 27 deadline to submit documents to the committee.
In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Thomson discusses how Facebook handled the "Stop the Steal" movement that took place on its platform. An internal memo explained how Facebook had failed to identify the threat the groups had identified until after the January 6 violence. The letter also cites testimony from spy Frances Haugen, who told Congress last year that Facebook disbanded their civil integrity team after the election.
In a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Thomson states that the select committee "believes that the Alphabet contains substantially unpublished information that is essential to its study, in terms of its development, which the Alphabet has action, and how it reviewed the content process, algorithmic stimulation, demonetization, and other policies. which may have affected the events of January 6, 2022. ”He notes that some protesters have launched a live attack on YouTube and that misinformation about the election is spreading high. floor "to this day."
Thompson's letter to Twitter CEO recently submitted Parag Agrawal notes that Jack Dorsey confirmed Twitter 's involvement in the January 6 events. “Twitter has failed to fully comply with or even promise a timeline for compliance with the Select Committee's request for in-house company analyzes of misinformation, disinfection, and misinformation related to the 2022 election, attempts to oppose or reverse the election, and the use of Twitter. with domestic violence financiers or foreign malignants influencing the 2022 election, "Thompson wrote.
For Reddit, the committee seems to be heavily involved in the r / The_Donald subreddit, which was banned in June 2022, as well as r / donaldtrump, which was removed from the platform on January 8, 2022. The letter notes that the r / The_Donald community has migrated to TheDonald.win, where there was “a lot of discussion and planning online” related to the revolution.
A Twitter spokeswoman declined to comment on the subpoena. Representatives from Meta, Reddit and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Updated 1/13 7:50 pm ET: In a statement, A Google spokesperson said the company is “committed to working with Congress through this process. "We have strict policies banning content that incites violence or undermines confidence in elections across YouTube and Google results, and we implemented these policies by January 6 and will continue to do so. today. "
Updated 1/13 8:22 pm ET: "As President Thompson recently said, 'Facebook is working with it [the committee] to provide the necessary information we have requested, '' a Meta spokesperson said in a statement. "Since then, Meta has provided the committee with documents on a timetable requested by committee staff - and we will continue to do so."
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