January 6th Committee Subpoenas Google, Twitter, Facebook

The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots on Thursday subpoenaed Twitter, Facebook, and other big tech companies in an effort to determine how rioters coordinated on their platforms.

The House Select Committee on the January 6th Attack also subpoenaed Reddit and Alphabet, Google’s parent company. In a letter, the committee said it was investigating “what steps—if any—social media companies took to prevent their platforms from being breeding grounds for radicalizing people to violence.”

The letter named Facebook, now called Meta, and YouTube, an Alphabet subsidiary, as particularly negligent. But it said all four companies subpoenaed were “unwilling to commit to voluntarily and expeditiously” cooperating with the committee. The committee also said “Twitter has failed to disclose critical information.”

In the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 6 riots, several big tech platforms cut off access to conservative social media site Parler, blaming it for hosting the planning of the riot. But recent investigations found many of the rioters organized on large platforms like Facebook. Some rioters live-streamed their entrances to the Capitol on YouTube. (Read more from “January 6th Committee Subpoenas Google, Twitter, Facebook” HERE)

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