January 6th committee subpoenas records from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Reddit

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The House select committee investigating the 6 January insurrection has issued subpoenas to Twitter, Reddit, and the parent companies of YouTube and Facebook for information “ relating to the spread of misinformation, efforts to overturn the 2020 election, domestic violent extremism, and foreign influence in the 2020 election” after the companies spurned prior voluntary requests.

In a statement, select committee chairman Bennie Thompson said the panel of seven Democrats and two Republicans is looking for information to answer two “key questions” of “how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism contributed to the violent attack on our democracy” and “what steps—if any—social media companies took to prevent their platforms from being breeding grounds for radicalizing people to violence”.

“It’s disappointing that after months of engagement, we still do not have the documents and information necessary to answer those basic questions,” Mr Thompson said. He added that the committee “cannot allow [its’] important work to be delayed any further”.

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