Counsel for the Center for Countering Digital Hate responds to House Judiciary Committee subpoena

Posted on September 29, 2023 in News, Press releases.

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CCDH provides Committee with requested documents illustrating its bipartisan efforts to combat hate speech and disinformation proliferating on social media platforms

WASHINGTON, DC (September 29, 2023) – Counsel for the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) today responded to the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena requesting documents and other information relating to the independent research organization’s interaction with the executive branch of the U.S. Government and social media companies. Despite recent public statements made by the Committee and several of its Members, which reinforce CCDH’s deep-seated concerns regarding the validity of this legislative inquiry, the CCDH remains committed to assisting the Committee in its understanding of CCDH’s role in combatting online hate and disinformation. 

“CCDH’s mission is to stand up against the proliferation of hate and disinformation on social media. We are a non-profit, non-partisan US charity, funded by the public and philanthropic trusts, not by governments or social media companies. While we are troubled by recent public statements by the Committee and its Members which have mischaracterized our work, we will continue to comply with requests that advance the Committee’s understanding of the urgent need for our efforts to study and hold social media companies accountable for the dangerous proliferation of hate and disinformation on their platforms,” said Imran Ahmed, founder and CEO of the CCDH.

In response to the Committee’s subpoena, the CCDH produced all documents and communications relating to:

  • Between or among CCDH and the Executive Branch of the United States government
  • Referring or relating to any interaction between CCDH and the Executive Branch
  • Between or among CCDH and “any company”

Please see the full letter to the House Judiciary Committee here: