January 6 panel targets social media companies with subpoenas after 'inadequate responses' to voluntary request
(CNN) The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riot has issued four subpoenas to giant social media conglomerates after the panel said the companies provided "inadequate responses" to its initial request for documents and information over the summer.
The subpoenas were sent to Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Alphabet, the parent company to Google and Youtube, Twitter and Reddit.
"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," Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson who chairs the committee 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," he continued.
In August, the committee sent requests to 15 social media companies, including those receiving subpoenas Thursday, seeking to understand how misinformation and efforts to overturn the election by both foreign and domestic actors existed on their platforms.
The panel's 14-pronged request asked for a wide-ranging set of documents and information.