Siege of the Capitol: the U.S. Congress demanded that Facebook, Google, and Twitter hand over documents linked to the attack.
The commission investigating the assault asked those companies to share the logs of messages related to the acts of violence that day.
A U.S. congressional committee investigating Friday's January 6 deadly attack on the capital told major social media companies, including Alphabet Inc.'s Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Google, that Change
The House Select Committee requested a record of the violence and its aftermath, including the transmission of false information and attempts to withhold President-elect Joe Biden's credentials. Applications were also submitted to 4chan and 8kun forums.
The commission is seeking records for Spring 2020, including policy changes, if any, that companies have made to prevent the spread of misinformation online.
Former Facebook security director Alex Stamos said the commission's subpoenas do not have the power to compel companies to deliver private content and said contacts with law enforcement could also be protected.
On the other hand, he noted that internal reviews of what platforms could have done better could shape public understanding of what happened and why.
Four people died on the day of the events: one shot dead by the police and three from natural causes. A Capitol agent who protesters attacked killed the next day. Subsequently, four police officers who participated in defense of the Capitol took their own lives. More than a hundred policemen were injured.
Seven U.S. Capitol police officers filed a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump on Thursday, accusing him of conspiring with far-right groups to foment the deadly attack.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, DC, agents allege the attack was the culmination of months of rhetoric from Trump, who they say knew of the potential for violence and actively encouraged it in hopes of stopping the certification of victory. Election of President Joe Biden.
The lawsuit alleges that Trump conspired with extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and The Oath Keepers, as well as with far-right political agents such as Roger Stone and Ali Alexander. they promoted the then-president's speech near the White House just before the attack on Capitol Hill.
The case is the latest in a series of civil lawsuits seeking to hold Trump accountable for the siege of the Capitol by a crowd of his supporters.
In a similar lawsuit filed by Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell, Trump argued that his actions were a free speech case protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. He cannot be held liable under U.S. civil law since 6 January acted within his capacity as president.