Four Democratic legislators asked YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc to preserve content that could be used as proof of suspected Russian war crimes in Ukraine on Thursday.
U.S. lawmakers have demanded that Internet companies keep evidence of possible Russian war crimes
In a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, lawmakers including Carolyn Maloney and Gregory Meeks, chairs of the House Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees, urged the corporation to retain content posted on its platforms.
Ukraine and the West accuse Russian forces of war crimes in their 11-week invasion of its neighbor, which has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people. The allegations are false, and Russia claims it does not target civilians.
That content “could potentially be used as evidence as the U.S. government and international human rights and accountability monitors investigate Russian war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other atrocities in Ukraine,” the letter said.
The U.N. Human Rights Council passed a resolution on Thursday to establish an investigation into possible war crimes by Russian troops in places near the capital Kyiv and beyond, a move that Russia said amounted to political score-settling.
The letters were also signed by two subcommittee chairmen, William Keating and Stephen Lynch.
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