It is investigating the storming of the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The companies must not only provide messages and videos from users, but also internal documents about how they acted against this.
The committee had already asked the companies in August to voluntarily hand over the evidence. However, according to chairman Bennie Thompson, they did not respond sufficiently. The committee has therefore now summoned the companies.
On January 6, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to back the former president’s unsubstantiated claims about fraud and stolen elections. The Commission of Inquiry is trying in all sorts of ways to gather information about how the storming of the parliament building could have happened.
They also look at the way misinformation spread online. The steps taken by social media companies to counter this are also discussed.
The companies have been given until January 27 to supply the requested materials.