Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Facebook And Youtube Parent Companies, Twitter, Reddit

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Topline

The House committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot issued subpoenas on Thursday to the parent companies of four major social media platforms — Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and YouTube — as it seeks information on how “violent extremism” was spread on the platforms prior to the riot and if the companies made efforts to prevent this spread.

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 10: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a … [+] combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Key Facts

The committee says rioters used the platforms to plan and execute the riots, as well as spread misinformation about the outcome of the 2020 election.  

Unlike many of the subpoenas issued by the committee to former President Donald Trump’s affiliates, the subpoenas issued Thursday do not explicitly request testimony from the companies’ CEOs or other officials, only documents. 

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