Jan. 6 investigators subpoena Twitter, YouTube, Facebook’s parent and other tech giants

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Insurrection fallout

The select panel is seeking more information related to the spread of misinformation, coordinated efforts to overturn the 2020 election and domestic violent extremism.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) speaks with the media after the House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington, on July 27, 2021. | (Jose Luis Magana, File/AP Photo)

By BETSY WOODRUFF SWAN and LEAH NYLEN

01/13/2022 04:23 PM EST

Updated: 01/13/2022 05:34 PM EST

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The Jan. 6 select committee on Thursday subpoenaed the nation’s biggest social media companies, including Alphabet’s YouTube, Twitter, Reddit and Facebook’s parent company, seeking more information related to the spread of misinformation, coordinated efforts to overturn the 2020 election and domestic violent extremism.

“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,” the panel’s chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), said in a statement.

“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.

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