Capital Attack Panel Summons Google, Facebook and Twitter for Digital Records

The House Select Committee probing the Capitol attack summoned Twitter, Meta, Alphabet and Reddit on Thursday for records related to the January 6 uprising, as it seeks to review data that could potentially lead to crimes. Trump White House,

Facebook is part of Meta and part of Google Alphabet,

A source said the select committee’s move shows the panel is ramping up its investigation of social media posts and messages that could provide evidence of who may have been in contact with the Trump White House around January 6. Would have been

The chairman of the selection committee, Congressman Benny Thompson, said in a statement that he authorized the four summons because those platforms were used to communicate plans about the Capitol attack, and yet social media companies have refused to accept earlier requests. ignored.

Thompson said in the letters that the summons to the four social media companies was the last straw for the selection committee, as repeated engagements with the platforms went unheard, a stinging rebuke at the platform’s lack of collaboration.

Thompson said in a summons letter to Twitter that the select committee was interested in obtaining important documents House investigators suspect the company was withholding that could shed light on how users planned and executed the Capitol attack. How to use the platform

Thompson said letter to twitter That the select committee was interested in obtaining key documents House investigators suspect is withholding the company may shed light on how users used the platform to plan and execute the Capital attack.

The letter said the select committee also wants to review documents that explain its decision to suspend Donald Trump’s account or any other decisions regarding the former president’s account, leading to an investigation into outreach by the administration. probability increases.

But, the letter said, the selection committee believes that Twitter has failed to turn up critical information requested by the House investigators and even failed to comply with the panel’s requests issued in August. also failed to commit to a deadline.

Thompson said the selection committee was Interested in records from reddit, since the “r/The_Donald” subreddit, which eventually migrated to a website of the same name, hosted significant discussion and planning related to the Capitol attack.

Speaker said there were also House investigators ask for material from the alphabet, the parent company of YouTube, as the video platform hosted critical communications by its users who played a key role in the Capital attack.

For example, former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon livestreamed on YouTube in the days before the Capitol attack and after January 6, while the attack was livestreamed on the platform, as noted by the select committee.

Thompson said letter of summons to meta That the selection committee had so far not received any material about Facebook’s role in allowing the spread of misinformation and disinformation about the results of the 2020 election, despite repeated requests every month.

The source said the select committee has been investigating digital fingerprints left by the Trump White House and other individuals linked to the Capitol attack since its inception, from posts to metadata showing geolocation.

For this, the selection committee issued data protection request In August, 35 telecommunications and social media companies called on the panel’s technical team to save the material in case they needed their release, the source said.

The Guardian First reported that month That the select committee had requested, among other individuals, telecommunications and social media firms to preserve the records of former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows as well as a dozen House Republicans.

The selection committee gave social media companies a January 27 deadline to comply with the summons, but it was unclear whether the organizations would comply. Spokesmen for Twitter and Meta did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Republican House Minority Leader Congressman Kevin McCarthy, who Cooperation request declined Late on Wednesday the select committee had earlier threatened telecom and social media companies if they comply with the bipartisan panel’s probe.

“If these companies comply with a Democrat order to turn over personal information, they are in violation of federal law,” McCarthy said at the time in August. “A Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.”