Progress in the investigation of riots in the US Congress: the house of Representatives issued subpoenas to four companies such as twitter
On January 14, according to the “Central News Agency”, on January 13 local time, the special committee of the US House of representatives responsible for investigating congressional riots issued subpoenas to meta, Google’s parent company alphabet, twitter and reddit for relevant records
it is reported that this move is to understand how these platforms are used to facilitate the dissemination of false messages and violent extremism. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the special committee, said in a statement: “the two key issues that the special committee wants to understand are how the spread of false messages and extreme violence contribute to the violence against China’s democracy, and if so, what measures have been taken by social media to prevent its platforms from becoming a hotbed for people to commit violence.”
“it is disappointing that after several months of contact, we still do not have the documents and data needed to answer these basic questions.” He said
these companies must provide relevant data before the 27th. Google said that the company has been working with the committee to “substantially respond to their requests for documents” and will continue to cooperate. Reddit said it would continue to cooperate with the Committee at its request. Meta indicated that it had submitted documents as requested by the staff of the Committee and would continue to do so. Twitter declined to comment.
on January 6, 2021, trump supporters forcibly broke into the U.S. Capitol for several hours, resulting in the interruption of the joint meeting of the Senate and the house of Representatives, which is verifying the election results. The incident killed five people, including a congressional police officer, and injured about 140 law enforcement officers
the special committee is investigating the reasons why trump supporters attacked the Capitol building and his own role in the incident. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he lost the election to Biden because the election was manipulated, which has not been confirmed by justice so far
it is reported that the Committee has issued more than 50 subpoenas and heard more than 300 testimony. They are expected to submit their report in the summer and publish the final report in the autumn