A day after issuing subpoenas for a huge amount of documents from several federal agencies, including the White House, the special House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol demanded files of 15 social media companies.
The demands call for documents “related to the spread of disinformation, efforts to overthrow the 2020 elections or prevent certification of results, domestic violent extremism and foreign influence in the 2020 elections” on their platforms.
Letters were sent to far-right hubs 4chan, 8kun, Gab, Parler, Telegram and theDonald.win, as well as to Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Tik-Tok, Twitter, Reddit, Twitch, YouTube and Zello.
The committee imposed a two-week information period.
The letters call for internal reports of misinformation and disinformation on their respective platforms related to the 2020 presidential election, as well as efforts to nullify or interfere with the certification of votes, the presence of QAnon groups and extremists. violent on their platforms, and “influence” to influence the elections.
The committee also requests “all accounts, users, groups, events, message boards, markets, publications or other user-generated content that has been sanctioned, suspended, deleted, restricted, deprioritized, tagged, deleted or banned” for their connection to these efforts.
He also calls for changes to platform policy to be adopted or “not adopted” to protect against the spread of misunderstanding, disinformation and violence on platforms, including “decisions of ‘ban material from platforms and contacts with law enforcement and other government entities,’ among more than a dozen other requests for information, including correspondence with law enforcement.
The letters follow the first wave of notices to eight government agencies, including White House offices, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security as well as the Department of Justice, the FBI and intelligence agencies.
Letter to National Archives and Records Administration requests White House recordings and communications of more than 30 members of the Trump administration, representatives of the cabinet and his family, including call logs, tapes telephone calls, meeting notes and recordings of visitors to the White House.
The House Select Committee, chaired by U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, was formed following near-universal opposition by Republicans in Congress to a bipartisan committee to investigate the attack. Two Republicans – Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, both prominent critics of Mr. Trump and his allies – sit on the committee.
Mr. Trump responded to a subpoena for his White House files saying “executive privilege will be defended,” he said in a statement Wednesday.