Senator Mark Warner (senator of Virginia), the new chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is asking mobile operators and social media platforms to retain “content and related metadata” that may be related to the attack on the US Capitol. Warner said in a statement on Saturday that he contacted the CEOs of AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Apple, Facebook, Gab, Google, Parler, Signal, Telegram and Twitter.
Warner wrote in the letter: “The U.S. Capitol is now the scene of a crime.” “The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are currently investigating the incident that day and trying to summarize what happened with the perpetrator. It is likely to represent chaos. Of the victims filed a lawsuit. The messaging with subscribers who may participate in or assist in this uprising and related subscriber information are important evidence to help bring these rioters to justice.”
Warner pointed out that many people participated in the January 6th attack that killed 5 people. These images were posted on social media or shared through text and mobile messaging platforms during and after the riots, “to show their concern. Contempt for our democratic process.”
All designated companies generally comply with the preservation orders issued by the court during criminal investigations. However, Warner’s letter is an informal request and does not have the legal effect of a criminal retention order. It is not clear how the two companies will respond. Preservation orders issued by courts are usually stamped, so one of the many agencies investigating congressional attacks has also issued such orders.
We have contacted these companies to ask them how and if they plan to comply with Warner’s requirements, and if we hear from them, we will update them.A Facebook spokesperson said in an email edge The company is “continuing our ongoing, proactive law enforcement activities, and has worked to provide prompt responses to valid legal requirements. We will delete content, disable accounts, and cooperate with law enforcement agencies to prevent direct threats to public safety.” ”
Warner told political After Wednesday’s attack, Congress will “retaliate” against social media platforms that cannot control the violent content and threats on its platforms. He said: “This will come back and bite them.”
Updated at 1:15 p.m. EDT, January 9: Add comments from Facebook