Jan. 6 committee subpoenas Google, Facebook, Twitter and Reddit to investigate Capitol attack

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House select committee investigating deadly Capitol riot has subpoenaed social media giant Twitter, Reddit and its parent company Facebook and Google, the group’s chairman said on Thursday.

select committee Extensive requests for records from these and other social companies last summer, but said it had received “insufficient responses” from some of the largest platforms.

The committee again asked Google parent Alphabet, Twitter, Reddit and Meta (formerly Facebook) to hand over a trove of records related to domestic terrorism, the spread of misinformation, and the impact or overthrow of the 2020 election.

“Two key questions for the special committee are how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism fuels violent attacks on our democracy, and what steps, if any, social media companies are doing to prevent their platforms from becoming People are a hotbed of radicalization and violence,” Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement Thursday.

“It’s disappointing that, after months of engagement, we still don’t have the documentation and information we need to answer these fundamental questions,” Thompson said. “The select committee is working hard to find answers for the American people and help ensure that something like January 6 never happens again. We cannot allow our important work to be delayed any longer.”

Representatives for Meta, Alphabet, Twitter and Reddit did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

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CNBC’s Lauren Feiner contributed to this report.