Twitter Refuses To Provide Internal Slack Messages To The January 6 House Committee

Twitter has declined a request to send its Slack messages about how it moderates content about the attack on the Capitol to the House committee, according to a new Rolling Stone report.

According to the Rolling Stone report, Twitter is invoking First Amendment privilege in response to the request.

The committee’s request was necessary because they believe the chat transcripts will help provide a detailed picture of how pro-Trump extremism contributed to the attack on Capitol Hill.

The committee has achieved little in collecting data to help it analyze the role of social media companies in the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

However, Twitter said it had provided the committee with the necessary information.

“Since last year, we have had an ongoing, productive engagement with the Select Committee, and have provided appropriate, relevant information to contribute to this important investigation,” Twitter said in a statement to Rolling Stone.

The company also said it was “committed to continuing this work with the Select Committee” and was taking a “principled approach to responding to requests for information from governments.”

IT World Canada Staff
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