Male site report engaged Technical, it was called Facebook AndGoogle AndTwitter AndReddit By a congressional select committee investigating the January 6 mutiny in the US Capitol, the committee said in a statement that the companies’ responses so far were “insufficient.”
The questions were ‘two main questions directed at Select Committee namely, how the spread of disinformation and violent extremism has contributed to the violent attack on our democracy, and what steps, if any, have social media companies taken to prevent their platforms from being a breeding ground for people’s extremism to violence.”
Committee Chairman Benny Thompson said:D-MSIt is disappointing that, after months of engagement, we still lack the necessary documentation and information to answer these basic questions, and it is working. Select Committee To get answers to the American people and help ensure that nothing like January 6th never happens again, and we cannot allow our important work to be delayed any further.”
The committee is looking for a set of records related to the activity of users on Facebook And YouTube AndTwitter AndRedditIn addition to internal documents about the companies’ January 6 dealings as a condition of these new subpoenas, all companies have been given a January 27 deadline to hand the documents to the commission.
In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Thompson addresses Facebook’s handling of the “Stop Theft” movement organized on its platform, and an internal memo detailed how it failed. Facebook In recognizing the danger the groups pose even after the January 6 violence, the letter also points to testimony from whistleblower Frances Hogan, who told Congress last year that Facebook disbanded its Civic Integrity Team after the election.
In a letter addressed to Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google Thompson said the select committee “believes that Alphabet It has important undisclosed information that is critical to its realization, regarding how to develop Alphabet implement and review content management, algorithmic promotion, demonization and other policies that may have influenced the events of 6 (January) 2021.” He noted that some rioters broadcast the attack on YouTube and that misinformation about the elections is spreading on the platform “to this day.”
Thomson’s letter refers to the CEO Twitter Parag Agrawal which was recently installed to Jack Dorsey testify that Twitter He played a role in the events of January 6th, and failed Twitter in full compliance or even with a timeline to comply with the Select Committee’s request for internal company analytics of disinformation, disinformation and disinformation related to the 2020 election, efforts to challenge or nullify the election, use of Twitter by domestic violent extremists or foreign malicious influences to influence the 2020 election,” Thomson Books.
A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on the subpoena, and representatives did not respond Meta And Reddit And Google immediately upon requests for comment.
A spokesperson said Google The company is “committed to working with Congress through this process.” “We have strict policies in place that prohibit content that incites violence or undermine confidence in elections via YouTube and products Google We implemented these policies in the lead up to January 6 and continue to do so today.”
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