Warner didn’t give the companies a deadline for a response. Twitter declined to comment at this time, but a Facebook spokesperson told Engadget it was maintaining an “ongoing, proactive outreach to law enforcement” and was responding “quickly” to requests by deleting content, removing accounts and otherwise cooperating with investigations. We’ve also asked Apple for comment.
This isn’t a legally binding request. It might also be difficult for some of the companies to comply. Messaging services like Signal and Telegram have end-to-end encryption that prevents the creators themselves from accessing chats, for instance.
Still, the tech firms might be compelled to respond. Warner is the new Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee — he could lead investigations and other actions in response to the Capitol breach.