A special committee of the US Congress sued four companies at once: Alphabet, Meta, Reddit and Twitter. All of them are suspected of having contributed in one way or another to organizing the riots on January 6, 2021.
The Committee is examining whether the spread of disinformation contributed to the violent attack on our democracy and what steps, if any, social networks have taken to prevent their platforms from becoming breeding grounds for groups calling for radicalization and violence.
It is disappointing that after several months of interaction, we still do not have the documents and information necessary to answer these basic questions. Despite repeated and specific requests for documents related to these issues, the Special Committee has not yet received these materials.
Committee Chairman Benny Thompson
All companies are accused of allowing people involved in the storming of the Capitol to gather and communicate on their social networks. YouTube, for example, was broadcasting the stream itself, and Twitter “did nothing” with the accounts of Donald Trump and his supporters. In the case of Reddit, it turned out to be especially strange – in a letter to the CEO of the site, the Committee indicated that he “did not provide documents to support claims that Reddit played no role in the events of January 6.”
The question of how exactly the social network should prove its non-participation in the events of January 6 remains open.
Supporters of Donald Trump participated in the storming of the Capitol, believing that the US elections were rigged. Five people were killed in the clashes, including one policeman. Four more police officers then committed suicide.