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Friday, January 14, 2022

Select Committee Press Release: Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) today announced that the Select Committee has issued subpoenas to four social media companies as a part of its investigation into the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and its causes. After inadequate responses to prior requests for information, the Select Committee is demanding records from Alphabet, Meta, Reddit, and Twitter relating to the spread of misinformation, efforts to overturn the 2020 election, domestic violent extremism, and foreign influence in the 2020 election.

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...The committee chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, demanded records Thursday from the companies relating to their role in allegedly spreading misinformation about the 2020 election and promoting domestic violent extremism on their platforms in the lead-up to insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021.

"Two key questions for the Select Committee are how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism contributed to the violent attack on our democracy, and what steps -- if any -- social media companies took to prevent their platforms from being breeding grounds for radicalizing people to violence," Thompson, D-Miss., said in the letter.

He added that it's "disappointing that after months of engagement," the companies have not voluntarily turned over the necessary information and documents that would help lawmakers answer the questions at the heart of their investigation.

In his letter, Thompson outlined the way the companies were complicit in the deadly insurrection perpetuated by pro-Trump supporters and far-right groups....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-01-13 04:44 PM | Reply

@#2 ... but when they came together to scapegoat a potential up and coming competitor, liberals everywhere cheered with glee and awe at their monopolistic power....

Huh?

Can you clarify?

thx.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-01-13 07:01 PM | Reply

Of course, the big cos platforms are where the whole thing was planned, but when they came together to scapegoat a potential up and coming competitor, liberals everywhere cheered with glee and awe at their monopolistic power.

#2 | Posted by RUFFALO_ROB

You're talking about the same companies that helped trump spread russian propaganda and get elected? Those are the ones you think are conspiring against you?

#4 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-01-14 02:55 PM | Reply

Was CNN conspiring against you when they'd interrupt real news in 2016 to show an empty podium for 45 minutes before a trump speech, then broadcast his uninterrupted lies to the world without fact checking?

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-01-14 02:56 PM | Reply

Huh?

Can you clarify?

thx.

#3 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2022-01-13 07:01 PM | FLAG:

He's referring to Parler. In one of the most blatant violations of anti trust laws I've ever seen Parler was effectively killed by a coordinated joint effort by mega tech corporations with the reasoning being their platform was used by rioters to coordinate their attack.

#6 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-01-14 03:52 PM | Reply

LOL you don't know what you're talking about.

#7 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-01-14 03:54 PM | Reply

Bellringer is butthurt because twitter banned trump.

#8 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-01-14 03:55 PM | Reply

#7 uh huh, right. Surely you can accurately point out where I was wrong with my explanation to Lamplighter.

#9 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-01-14 04:03 PM | Reply

It's called the 'free market' you dweebs used to worship before trump became your golden calf.

NO ONE wanted to be associated with Parler. It's not a constitutional right to have your app on apple or google.

#10 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-01-14 04:06 PM | Reply

If google, apple, or amazon HAD kept running parler servers...

They'd be getting sued to oblivion by the victims of that place.

#11 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-01-14 04:11 PM | Reply

Alexandrite,

Please educate yourself:

www.law.cornell.edu

#12 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-01-14 04:12 PM | Reply

"NO ONE wanted to be associated with Parler"

It was number one on the Apple App Store before the tech giants engaged in blatant anti trust violations to effectively kill it.

"NO ONE". Uh huh, right.

#13 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-01-14 04:14 PM | Reply

It's not anti trust.

There's no law in the constitution that compels anyone to cover servers for hate speech or violations of Terms of Service.

Twitter was also well within their rights to ban trump for violating the TOS. Get over it.

#14 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-01-14 04:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Apple didn't want to be associated with hate speech riots and conspiracy theories.

That's their call, not yours.

Did you lose your parler account or something?

#15 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-01-14 04:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"They'd be getting sued to oblivion by the victims of that place."

No, they wouldn't. When car manufacturers eff up with their products people sue the manufacturer not the car dealerships.

#16 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-01-14 04:16 PM | Reply

#6 Enforcing terms of service, agreed to by users, who then violate those terms by failing to address violent content and threats, is not "one of the most blatant violations of anti trust laws."

But I'm sure if it's so blatant, it will be an easy win in court for Parler, especially with a 6-3 rightwing SCOTUS. Go for it Jeff!

#17 | Posted by JOE at 2022-01-14 04:17 PM | Reply

#14 you are so ignorant of anti trust law. But whatever. I provided a link. You can wallow in your ignorance. My original post was to let Lamplighter know what the wise Ruffalo Rob was referring to.

#18 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-01-14 04:18 PM | Reply

No, they wouldn't.

Are you kidding? In OUR super litigious society?

#19 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-01-14 04:19 PM | Reply

You can wallow in your ignorance

You posted a law then didn't explain the actual violation.

Because there isn't one.

PS- --

#20 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-01-14 04:20 PM | Reply

Parler had sought to use antitrust law to force Amazon to restore service, but faced an uphill battle in court. In a response filing, Amazon revealed more than 100 violent threats the company had flagged to Parler in the weeks leading up to its takedown, including one that told Jack Dorsey, "you will die a bloody death." Parler had refused to moderate the content, citing its free speech policy.
www.theverge.com
LMAO. This is Jeff's big case.

#21 | Posted by JOE at 2022-01-14 04:20 PM | Reply

"They'd be getting sued to oblivion by the victims of that place."

No, they wouldn't. When car manufacturers eff up with their products people sue the manufacturer not the car dealerships.

#16 | Posted by BellRinger

So you admit parlor will lead to violence

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-01-14 05:07 PM | Reply

GQP: "No sedition indictments! Must not have been an insurrection!"
Garland: "These 11 people are indicted for sedition..."

GQP: "Big Tech runs the Democrat gummint! They won't even talk to Big Tech!"
J6 Committee: sends subpoenas to Big Tech...

What else are the wingnut beta males whining about now that these have been put to rest?

#23 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-01-14 05:16 PM | Reply

Jan 6 was planned on Facebook, not Parler. Which makes all these "liberals" carrying water for them all the funnier.

#24 | Posted by RUFFALO_ROB

1/6 was planned in the white house and justice department by a bunch of fascists.

Facebook is just where they distributed marching orders. If facebook didnt exist they'd just have used fox news.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-01-14 06:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#9 ... Surely you can accurately point out where I was wrong with my explanation to Lamplighter. ...

I won't try to point out why your comment is wrong, because you didn't even try to substantiate why your explanation is right.



#26 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-01-15 10:57 AM | Reply

@#24 ... Jan 6 was planned on Facebook, not Parler. Which makes all these "liberals" carrying water for them all the funnier. ...

Your comments seem to indicate that Facebook was a liberal bastion, when the reality was that Facebook was popularly used for right-wing communication.

Facebook executives weren't happy when their own data showed it perpetuates a right-wing echo chamber
www.businessinsider.com

...Despite claims by some Republican politicians led by former President Trump that social-media sites censor conservative views, Facebook's data makes it clear: The social network's best-performing content is almost entirely from right- and far-right-wing publications and personalities....



#27 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-01-15 11:15 AM | Reply

Parler was crap. People would rather die from the Covid than use it.

#28 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-01-15 11:19 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Parler was crap. People would rather die from the Covid than use it.

#28 | Posted by LegallyYourDead

OAN, who rely on DirectTV for the vast majority of their viewership, isn't getting their contract renewed.

#29 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-01-15 03:02 PM | Reply

"Jan 6 was planned "

Yup. Which is what we have been saying all along.

Which makes it a conspiracy. Led and incited by Trump. To prevent Congress from certification of the President. Which makes the insurrectionists domestic Terrorists. Not a bunch of tourists taking selfies.

Thanks for clearing that up for us.

#30 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-01-16 10:33 AM | Reply

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