House Democrats looking to delve into the spread of election fraud on social media ahead of the January 6 Capitol riots need not look beyond some of their peers. Their Republican Party.
A Washington Post analysis found seven Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who were scheduled to bake the executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter over election misinformation. on Thursday sent tweets uplifting unfounded stories about election fraud, or backing President Donald Trump’s efforts to challenge the outcome of the presidential election. They were among 15 of the commission’s 26 Republican members who voted to overturn President Biden’s election victory.
The three Republican members of the committee, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Okla.), Billy Long (Mo.) and Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (Ga.), Tweeted or reposted posts with the phrase “ Stop the Steal ”in the chaos of the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. Stop the Steal is an online movement where researchers study misinformation. say leads to violence swept through the Capitol of the United States on January 6.
Graham Brookie, director of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Laboratory, said the Online Theft Prevention movement was the “coordinating function” for the Capitol riots. He said lawmakers ‘involvement in amplifying it undermined the commission’s efforts to scrutinize technology companies’ handling of misinformation.