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January 6 Committee subpoenas social media companies
President Biden and Vice President Harris deliver remarks to mark one year since the January 6th assault on the Capitol
President Biden and Vice President Harris deliver remarks to mark one year since the January 6th assault on the Capitol.
The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol has issued four subpoenas to social media companies, demanding documents "relating to the spread of misinformation, efforts to overturn the 2020 election, domestic violent extremism, and foreign influence in the 2020 election."
"Two key 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—social media companies took to prevent their platforms from being breeding grounds for radicalizing people to violence," Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., chair of the committee, said in a statement on the subpoenas.
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"It’s disappointing that after months of engagement, we still do not have the documents and information necessary to answer those basic questions," Thompson added. "The Select Committee is working to get answers for the American people and help ensure nothing like January 6th ever happens again. We cannot allow our important work to be delayed any further."