WASHINGTON: The US House Select Committee probing the January 6 Capitol attack on Meta, Alphabet, Twitter and Reddit on Thursday sought information about how their social media sites were used in an unsuccessful attempt to reverse the 2020 election. . The bid was made to help promote misinformation. ,
“Two major questions for the select committee are how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism contributed to the violent attack on our democracy, and what steps – if any – can be taken on our platforms to radicalize people to violence. What steps should be taken to prevent it from becoming a breeding ground for the companies to build it, the panel’s chairman, Benny Thompson, said in a statement.
“It’s disappointing that even after months of engagement, we don’t have the necessary documentation and information to answer those basic questions.”
The summons to tech companies is the latest development in a House Select Committee investigation into the reasons for the attack on the US Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, and the role played by Trump, who has pushed false claims he lost a rigged election. . to Joe Biden.
The committee has issued over 50 summons and heard over 300 witnesses. It is expected to issue an interim report in the summer and a final report in the fall.
Spokespersons for the four social media companies could not be immediately reached for comment.