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Social media companies get subpoenas from January 6th committee

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January 6 Committee

Several tech giants have been subpoenaed by the January 6th committee.

The house select committee investigating last year's attack on the U.S. capitol said four social media companies: Reddit, twitter, and alphabet and meta, the respective parent companies of Youtube and Facebook... provided "Inadequate responses" when the panel first sought records regarding the deadly insurrection.

In a statement today, committee chair Bennie Thompson said Facebook, was reportedly used to exchange hateful, violent and inciting messages as well as spread misinformation about the 2020 presidential election.

And Twitter was warned about the potential violence that was being planned on its platform in advance of the attack.

Thompson went on to say that a significant amount of communication regarding the planning and execution of the capitol siege also took place on Youtube, as well as on Reddit before members migrated to an official website.

Twitter declined to comment on the subpoenas.

A Reddit spokesperson told NBC News, "We received the subpoena and will continue to work with the committee on their requests."

The other two companies did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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