The House special committee investigating the deadly Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill said Friday it was seeking files from 15 social media companies, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and several pro-Trump platforms.
The committee said requests for registrations by the spring of 2020 concerned “the spread of disinformation, attempts to overturn the 2020 elections or prevent authentication of the results, domestic violent extremism and the ‘foreign influence in the 2020 elections’. in a press release.
Representatives for Facebook and Google, which owns YouTube, did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment. Twitter declined to comment.
The selection committee also examines policy changes that social media companies have “or haven’t adopted” regarding the spread of violent extremism, disinformation, and foreign malicious influence. This includes “decisions to ban platform content and contact with law enforcement and other government entities,” the press release said.
The predominantly Democratic panel was formed after Senate Republicans voted against a bill to create a similar bipartisan, “9/11-style” commission on the invasion.
There are 15 social media companies: 4chan, 8kun, Facebook, Gab, Google, Parler, Reddit, Snapchat, Telegram, theDonald.win, Tik-Tok, Twitch, Twitter, Youtube, and Zello.
The requests were announced two days after the select committee said it had sent letters demanding cases involving at least 30 members of former President Donald Trump’s close associates. This widespread solicitation was also aimed at seeking archived communications from the Trump White House and several other executive agencies.
Trump, responding to news of Wednesday’s committee letters to federal agencies, said the Biden administration would invoke executive privilege to meet record demands.
“Executive privilege will be defended not only on behalf of my administration and the patriots who work with me, but on behalf of the office of the President of the United States and the future of our nation,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday evening. . . “.
But there is no reason to believe that the current administration will protect Trump and his entourage from an investigation that could answer important questions about what happened on January 1.
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– Tom Frank of CNBC contributed to this report.