Soon after voting to go ahead with a pair of subpoenas, the Senate Judiciary Committee has reached an agreement that will see the CEOs of two main social platforms testify voluntarily in November. The hearing will be the next significant congressional appearance by tech CEOs organized this thirty day period.
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will answer queries at the hearing, set for November 17 — two weeks right after election day. The Republican-led committee is chaired by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who set the agenda to include the “platforms’ censorship and suppression of New York Post articles or blog posts.”
According to a new press release from the committee, lawmakers also prepare to use the proceedings as a significant-profile port-mortem on how Twitter and Fb fared on and right after election working day — an challenge that lawmakers on the two sides will certainly be pleased to dig into.
Republicans are keen to press the tech CEOs on how their respective platforms taken care of a dubious story from the New York Put up purporting to report on hacked elements from presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. They view the incident as proof of their ongoing claims of anti-conservative political bias in platform plan selections.
Whilst Republicans on the Senate committee led the determination to strain Zuckerberg and Dorsey into testifying, the committee’s Democrats, who sat out the vote on the subpoenas, will probable provide to the table their personal thoughts about content moderation, as well.