social media giants rallied over their role in the event

The committee noted how Meta, formerly known as Facebook, was allegedly used to exchange hateful, violent and inciting messages between users as well as spread misinformation that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent in an attempt to coordinate the “Stop the Steal” movement.

On Reddit, the “r / The_Donald” ‘subreddit’ community grew significantly, the letter said, before members migrated to an official website where investigators believe discussions surrounding the planning of the attack were hosted.

Employees take a picture with the company's new name and Meta logo outside its headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Employees take a picture with the company’s new name and Meta logo outside its headquarters in Menlo Park, California.Credit:AP

The letter outlined how Twitter was alerted to the potential violence that was being planned on its platform prior to the attack, and how its users engaged in “communications that reinforce allegations of election fraud, including by the former president himself.”

The committee made its first request for the documents from 15 social media companies in August. The requests were also issued to TikTok, Parler, Telegram, 4chan, 8kun and other platforms.

The subpoenas come as the nine-member committee continues its far-reaching investigation into how a mob was able to infiltrate the Capitol and disrupt the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential victory in what was the most serious attack on Congress in two centuries.

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The committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans has interviewed more than 340 people and issued dozens of subpoenas to those in Trump’s inner circle, including his former chief of staff, as well as requests to their own colleagues in the House.

The lawsuit on social media comes when Stewart Rhodes, founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group, was arrested and charged with rebellious conspiracy in the January 6 attack on the US capital.

Rhodes is the highest-ranking member of an extremist group that has been arrested in the deadly siege, and it is the first time the Justice Department has raised a rebellious conspiracy in connection with the attack on the Capitol.

On Wednesday, the committee requested an interview with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy and GOP Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania have rejected the committee’s request to sit down for an interview or hand over documents related to their January 6, 2021 talks with Trump or those close to him, as hundreds of his supporters beat the police, stormed the building and interrupted the certification of the 2020 election.

Reuters, AP

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