January 6 committee summons Google, Fb, Twitter and Reddit to research assault on Capitol


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The House committee investigating the deadly Capitol riot has subpoenaed social media giants Twitter, Reddit and the parent companies of Facebook and Google, the committee chairman said Thursday.

The bipartisan committee asked for a trove of records from these and other social enterprises last summer, but said it had received “inadequate responses” from some of the biggest platforms.

The committee again called on Google’s parent company Alphabet, Twitter, Reddit and Meta – formerly known as Facebook – to remove a number of records of domestic terrorism, the spread of misinformation and efforts to influence or overthrow the 2020 election, hand over.

“Two key questions for the select committee are how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism has contributed to the violent onslaught on our democracy, and what steps, if any, social media companies have taken to prevent their platforms from becoming hotbeds for the radicalization of people to violence,” Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, said in a statement Thursday.

“It is disappointing that after months of dedication, we still do not have the necessary documents and information to answer these fundamental questions,” Thompson said. “The Select Committee is working to get answers for the American people and to ensure that nothing like January 6th ever happens again. We cannot allow our important work to be delayed any further.”

Representatives from Meta, Alphabet, Twitter and Reddit did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

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