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Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs to testify before US Senate committee

Lawstreet Journal 6 Oct 2020 7:11pm

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The next big tech hearing will take place on October 28, 2020 as the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of Facebook, Twitter, and Google have agreed to voluntarily testify before a United States (US) Senate Committee.

The US Senate Commerce Committee at a hearing on Thursday (October 1, 2020) unanimously approved authorizations through voice votes to issue subpoenas “to compel the testimony of Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer, Twitter; Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Alphabet Inc., Google; and Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer, Facebook.”

CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter subpoenaed by US Senate Committee Twitter on Saturday announced that Dorsey had voluntarily agreed to virtually testify on October 28, “less than a week before the US Presidential Election.”

“It must be constructive & focused on what matters most to the American people: how we work together to protect elections,” the company said in an official tweet.

According to a report by Politico, Zuckerberg and Pichai have also agreed to testify on October 28. Hence, the committee will not issue the subpoenas.

The hearing will focus on section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Social media giants in the past have been accused of leveraging Section 230 to silence conservative viewpoints. The discussions were escalated when Twitter flagged US President Donald Trump’s tweet for “glorifying violence.” Since then, multiple tweets by the President have been flagged with labels such as "manipulated media" in addition to fact-checking labels.

The companies have denied allegations of political bias on multiple occasions.

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