Twitter and Meta required in investigation of assault on the Capitol – El Financiero

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Months after requesting documents from more than a dozen media platforms social networks, the commission of the House of Representatives who investigates the assault on the United States Capitol of January 6 issued citations on Thursday to Twitter, Meta, Reddit Y YouTube, as lawmakers described the companies’ initial response as inadequate.

The chairman of the panel, the Democrat Bennie Thompson, demanded from the companies records related to their involvement in the alleged spread of disinformation about the 2020 elections and the promotion of domestic extremism on their platforms before the insurrection of January 6, 2021.

“Two key questions for the Select Commission are how the spread of disinformation and violent extremism contributed to the violent assault on our democracy, and what steps — if any — the media companies took. social networks to prevent their platforms from being used as hotbeds to radicalize people into violence,” Thompson said in his letter.

He added that it is “disappointing that after months of involvement,” the companies have not voluntarily provided the necessary information and documents that would help lawmakers answer the questions at the heart of their investigation.

In his letter, Thompson outlined how the companies were complicit in the insurrection carried out by supporters of the then president. Donald Trump and far-right groups.

YouTube, owned by Alphabet, was the platform where a significant amount of communication “relevant to the planning and execution” of the assault on Capitol Hill occurred, “including live broadcasts of the attack as it occurred,” the letter noted.

The commission highlighted how Meta, previously known as Facebook, was allegedly used to exchange messages of hate, violence, and incitement among its users, as well as to spread misinformation that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent, in order to coordinate the “Stop the Theft” movement.

In Reddit, the “r/The_Donald” community grew significantly, the letter stated, before its members migrated to an official website where investigators believe discussions about the planning of the attack took place. A Reddit spokesperson said Thursday that the company had received the subpoena and would “continue to work with the commission on its requests.”

The letter highlighted how he was warned Twitter about the possible acts of violence that were planned on his platform before the attack and how his users participated in “communications that amplified the accusations of electoral fraud, including the former president himself.”

The letter highlighted a specific Trump tweet posted on December 19, 2020: “Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 election,” while urging his supporters to come to Washington for a “wild” protest on December 6. January 2021.

A spokesman for Twitter He declined to comment on the subpoenas. Representatives for Meta and Alphabet also did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

The commission made its first request for the documents to 15 social media companies in August, also including TikTok, Parler, Telegram, 4chan and 8kun.

The commission investigates how a turbo was able to infiltrate the Capitol and interrupt the certification of the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential elections, in what represented the most serious assault on Congress in two centuries.

The commission, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, has interviewed more than 340 people and issued dozens of subpoenas to Trump associates, including his former chief of staff, as well as requests to his own colleagues in the House of Representatives.


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