January 6 panel targets social media companies with subpoenas after ‘inadequate responses’ to voluntary request

January 6 committee targets social media companies with subpoenas after “inadequate responses” to voluntary requests

by Adam

Subpoenas have been issued to Meta, Alphabet, and Google, as well as Reddit, Reddit, Reddit, Youtube, and Twitter.

In a statement, Democratic Representative Benny Thompson (select committee chair) stated that “Two important questions for the Select Committee include how the spread of disinformation and violent extremism that has contributed to the violent attack on our democracy and the steps that social media companies have taken to prevent them from becoming fertile ground for turning people to violence Radical”.

He continued, “It is disappointing that we still do not have the necessary documents and information to answer these basic questions.”

The panel told Alphabet that the company held “important undisclosed data necessary to investigate” regarding how it manages its content, and the impact of those policies on what was posted to the platform on January 6.

In the letter, Thompson acknowledges that Alphabet and the Commission have had subsequent affiliations since their initial contact in August with the Commission. However, it was stated that Alphabet did not demonstrate a willingness or ability to produce the required documents “voluntarily and expeditiously”.

Thompson claims that Alphabet has yet to explain the process of removing former President Donald Trump’s YouTube account. It also states that the platform may have done anything for Trump in the past before the January 6 deadline.

According to the letter, Alphabet also did not provide any documents regarding YouTube policy decisions that could have affected the execution, planning and coordination of the January 6 attacks. The panel raises specific questions regarding YouTube’s election disinformation policy.

Meta notes that Facebook’s parent company has yet to provide key documents and/or respond to specific inquiries.

Thomson notes in Thomson’s letter that Meta has yet to explain to this committee why Facebook dissolved the Civic Integrity Group after the November 2020 elections.

In a letter to Meta, Thompson stated, “Despite the multiple and meticulous requests for documentation relating to these matters,”

It should also be noted that the Meta has failed to report on significant internal or external analyzes it has conducted regarding disinformation, disinformation and misinformation in connection with the 2020 election, efforts to challenge or nullify the election and the use of the Meta by domestic violent extremists for the 2020 election.

The committee adds: “Despite multiple and careful follow-up requests made on September 28 and October 29, 2021, respectively, META refused to agree to a date for the production or determination of these materials.”

The commission asked 15 social media platforms to provide information to the commission in August. This included those summoned on Thursday. They wanted to know how misleading they could be and try to cancel the election. The 14-pronged commission requested a wide range of information and documents.

Thompson wrote to companies this summer, “The Select Committee requires that you submit these documents in your possession or control.”

The commission specifically requested data and analysis on domestic violent extremists involved in efforts to defeat the 2020 elections, in particular the January 6 attack. They requested that the information be sent within two weeks.

The select committee requested a paper trail and also requested information from these social media companies on how they attempted to correct misinformation on their platforms. It was also asking for information about where there might be loopholes.

In the hours following the attack on the US Capitol, Twitter and Facebook suspended the accounts of prominent supporters of electoral conspiracy theories. Many of the people in the mob were white supremacists as well as the QAnon conspiracy theorists. They also had members of right-wing organizations such as the Proud Boys.

However, there have been many inquiries about the ability of social media platforms to do more to prevent disinformation being spread on their sites since the attack.

The story was updated Thursday with new developments.

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