Twitter refuses to forward its internal Slack messages to the House committee on January 6, report says

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Twitter had already been subpoenaed by the committee in August.Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

  • Twitter refuses to give its internal messages to the January 6 Committee, per Rolling stone.

  • The committee wants Slack messages from Twitter about how it moderates content about the Capitol attack.

  • But the company is claiming First Amendment privilege in response, Rolling Stone reported.

Twitter denies a January 6 House committee request for internal company communications, including posts from Slack about how it moderated tweets about the Capitol riot, according to a new report from rolling stoneciting three sources familiar with the matter.

According to the outlet, Twitter is claiming First Amendment privilege in response to the request, which has “caused consternation in the committee.”

The outlet reported that committee members believe the chat logs will help show an accurate picture of how pro-Trump extremism contributed to the attack on Capitol Hill.

The news comes as the first of the committee’s six prime-time hearings is should start Thursday and as anticipation builds around what will be revealed in public testimony.

The committee previously subpoenaed senior executives and founders of social media giants such as Twitter, Meta and Google’s parent company Alphabet in August, to determine how they handled their platforms amid 2020 election misinformation rife before the attack on Capitol Hill.

But the committee later said companies’ responses were ‘inadequate’ and asked them to provide more documents.

“It is disappointing that after months of engagement, we still do not have the documents and information needed to answer these fundamental questions,” said committee chair Bennie Thompson. said in January.

Such demands have raised questions about how far the government can – and should – go when compelling social media companies to provide documents and testify in a national interest investigation.

In a statement to Insider, Twitter said, “Since last year, we have had continued and productive engagement with the select committee and have provided appropriate and relevant information to contribute to this important investigation.”

He added that he is “committed to continuing this work with the select committee” and takes a “principled approach to responding to government requests for information, and will continue to carefully assess the merits of each request”. to protect the rights of its users. , the company and its employees.

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