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US Capitol Assault Probe Subpoenas Social Media Sites

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US Capitol Assault Probe Subpoenas Social Media Sites

Washington: The congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 storming of the US Capitol on Thursday subpoenaed records from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit that would detail the use of social media in the attack. The records could help explain "how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism contributed to the violent attack on our democracy," said Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Select January 6 Committee. Thompson said the companies had not responded adequately to requests for information to help in its investigation of the violent attack a year ago on the Capitol by supporters of then-president Donald Trump. The subpoenas were sent to YouTube parent Alphabet (Google) and Facebook parent Meta in addition to Twitter and Reddit. "Meta has produced documents to the committee on a schedule committee staff requested -- and we will continue to do so," the social network titan told AFP.

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