Washington — Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, said Sunday that Facebook is "working with" the panel to turn over requested information relevant to its probe.
The January 6 select committee sent Facebook and 14 other social media companies separate letters in August asking them to provide records related to the January 6 assault, including documents about the spread of misinformation, efforts to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and foreign malign influence in the election.
In his letter to Facebook, Thompson, of Mississippi, also asked the company about policy changes it may have made to address misinformation, violent extremism and foreign influence, including banning such material from the platform.
Thompson said in an interview with "Face the Nation" that "it's clear" people involved in the January 6 assault used Facebook and other social media sites as an "organizing tool," and the committee is negotiating with the companies to obtain information from them that is useful to its probe.
"At this point, Facebook is working with us to provide the necessary information we requested," Thompson told "Face the Nation."