The House committee that led the investigation into the January 6 uprising in the US Capitol issued subpoenas on Thursday to four major tech companies.
January 6 Sent by selection committee chairman Benny G. Thompson (D-MS) Letter YouTube’s parent company Alphabet, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company Meta, Reddit and Twitter sought to provide additional information from those companies about how those platforms were used to organize the day’s violent events.
In the announcement, the committee accused each company of hosting material related to the plan to attack US Capitol. “The meta platform was allegedly used to share messages of hate, violence and provocation; spreading misinformation, propaganda and conspiracy theories around elections; and to coordinate or attempt to coordinate the Stop the Steel movement,” the committee said, noting that it believed Facebook’s Civic Integrity team had information relevant to the investigation.
As Nerdshala reported at the time, Facebook was a major focus of the Stop the Steel movement as the platform failed to control the spread of content denying the legitimate results of the 2020 US presidential election. Facebook was previously the organizing platform of choice for some extremist and militia-like organizations that played a role in the Capitol attack, including the Proud Boys and the Three Percentors.
The committee’s complaint with Reddit appears to be centered on r/The_Donald, a notorious subreddit that migrated to its own domain after a hate speech ban in late January 2020. The committee also noted that YouTube was used to livestream the events and to Twitter users. Allegedly used the platform for communication regarding the planning and execution of the attack.”
The committee first requested the relevant records 15 different platforms In August last year, however, that round of letters also sought information from extremist-friendly sites including 4chan, 8kun, Gab, Parler and theDonald.win, in addition to more traditional social media apps such as Snapchat, Twitch and TikTok.
The committee is revisiting its earlier demands from the four mainstream social platforms after those companies failed to provide sufficient detailed information “despite repeated and specific requests”, this time by the January 27 deadline. was determined.