06/01/21 Insurrection: what did social networks know?


The January 6 committee has had enough of procrastination and dithering. The Congressional Select Ctte. wants evidence on suspected insurgents who conspired in the days leading up to that fateful day. And at present would be a good time.

It’s still written to four social media CEOs, unequivocally telling them to move on. Oh, and by the way, here’s a subpoena each—to focus.

For example, in a letter to Zuckerberg, he wrote, “Despite repeated and specific follow-up requests…Meta refused to commit to a time frame to produce or even identify these documents. In light of these and other significant shortcomings in Meta’s response to the select committee, [we are] forwarding this subpoena requiring documents.

Shots fired. In today’s SB Blogwatch, we’re breaking out the popcorn.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these blog bits for your entertainment. Without forgetting: Return to madness.

The enigma of the Capitol

What is craic? Dareh Gregorian, Leigh Ann Caldwell and Ezra Kaplan report—“Jan 6 panel subpoenas tech giants after ‘inadequate responses’”:

Angry, hateful, unspeakable, combative, violent
A letter to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said… Meta did not provide information on his decision to disband his civic integrity team, [which] “focused on risks to the elections, including misinformation. …Furthermore, Meta failed to provide critical analyses…conducted by the company regarding misinformation, misinformation and misinformation…and the use of Meta by domestic violent extremists.

The panel also sent a letter to Sundar Pichai… saying, “The select committee believes Alphabet has material undisclosed information that is critical to its investigation, regarding how Alphabet developed, implemented and reviewed its moderation. of content, its algorithmic promotion, its demonetization and other policies. that may have affected the events of January 6, 2021. … To this day, YouTube is a platform where user video spreads misinformation about the election.

The letter to Reddit CEO Steven Huffman requested more information about “subreddits” involving former President Donald Trump, and the letter to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal said the company had not provided the warnings she had received regarding violent threats and documentation of her decision to suspend Trump. Account.

Testifying… in March, FBI Director Christopher Wray suggested the amount of vitriol online made it difficult to sort through. “The amount of angry, hateful, unspeakable, combative, even violent, rhetoric on social media is beyond anyone’s worst imagination. [thinks] is out there,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Things got real. Taylor Hatmaker has this—“House committee investigates January 6 subpoenas on Meta, YouTube, Twitter and Reddit”:

Banned for hate speech
Facebook was a major hub of the Stop the Steal movement as the platform failed to control the spread of content denying the…results of the 2020 US presidential election. Facebook was also previously the organizing platform for choice for some extremist and militia-like organizations… during the attack on the Capitol, notably the Proud Boys and the Three Percenters.

The committee’s complaint with Reddit appears to focus on r/The_Donald, a notorious subreddit that [was] banned for hate speech in late January 2020. The committee also noted that YouTube was used to live-stream the events and that Twitter users “would have used the platform for communications regarding the planning and execution of the ‘aggression”.

Speaking of YouTube, Will Sattelberg has a short attention span—”Congress really wants to blame social media”:

Stephane Bannon
While it may seem like a distant memory, the January 6 Capitol Riots only happened a year ago. … The committee … members are seeking context on how the video-sharing service may have allowed users to communicate, plan and execute the Jan. 6 attack.

Stephen Bannon is specifically highlighted in the letter, as he released his podcast on YouTube before and after the Capitol Riots. His channel has since been deactivated. … The committee [believes] Alphabet has more knowledge of his role in these events than he has let on.

tl; dr? Tim Graham provides a precise:

Dragged kicks and screams
Democracy faces the disastrous externalities of [social] platform profit models. … Just like the oil companies that pollute the environment, it seems like they need to be kicked and screamed into action.

But was it really an organized militia seeking to overthrow the United States? Or were they just opportunistic idiots? krapp knows:

Second Amendment
It was both. Some of the groups involved clearly took it more seriously than others, although none of them were quite up to the task.

Intention always matters. And the modern interpretation of the Second Amendment would certainly see them as one or more well-organized militias — once they’re about to discuss tactics on Discord and color-coordinate their wardrobes.

How did we come here? zeeky boogy doog recalls the scene:

An orchestrated plan
We all spent the whole day doing nothing because we watched the live news in disbelieving horror. … We have seen every sordid and horrifying moment from the lowest point our once great democracy has ever reached, as a cult of mindless terrorists disrupted the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in our nation’s history.

Then in the days, weeks, months that followed, we began to see that it was much more than just an attack by a mob of angry fools. … We discovered the obvious signs that there was an orchestrated plan to [murder] our elected officials live on national television.

So is the committee doing a good job? jennifer rubin think like this:

The January 6 committee is perhaps the best committee of all time. Laser-focused, tough-minded, pursuing audience education and now gearing up for prime-time ratings. Congratulations to Bennie G. Thompson and Liz Cheney.

And what do the four companies have to say for themselves? Luke Broadwater and Mike Isaac collect the statements from the drawers – “Request information from Alphabet, Meta, Reddit and Twitter”:

Google said in a statement that it cooperated with the committee and that the company has “strict policies prohibiting content that incites violence or undermines confidence in elections.”

Meta said he had “produced material to the committee at the request of the calendar committee staff – and we will continue to do so.”

A Reddit spokeswoman said the company received the subpoena and “will continue to work with the committee on their demands.”

A Twitter spokeswoman declined to comment.

Meanwhile, kneel with me, ArchieBunker:

The Narcissist’s Prayer:
This does not happen.
And if it was, it wasn’t so bad.
And if it was, that’s okay, you’re here.
And if so, it’s not my fault.
And if it was, I didn’t mean it.
And if I did, you deserved it.

And finally:

Danger Mouse vs. Amy Jade W.

Previously in And finally

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