Soon after voting to move forward with a pair of subpoenas, the Senate Judiciary Committee has reached an agreement that will testify voluntarily to the CEOs of the two major social platforms in November. The hearing by the Tech CEO will be the second major congress to be held this month.
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will answer questions on the election, two weeks after Election Day, on November 17. The Republican-led committee is chaired by Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has set the agenda to include “platform censorship and suppression of New York Post articles.”
According to a new press release from the committee, lawmakers also plan to use the proceedings as high-profile port-mortems on Twitter and Facebook MPs on both sides will undoubtedly be happy to dig in – on and after Election Day.
Republicans are eager to press the tech CEO on how their respective platforms handled a dubious story from the New York Post to report on hacked content from Hunter Biden, the son of presidential candidate Joe Biden. They see this incident as evidence of ongoing claims of conservative political bias in stage policy decisions.
While Republicans on the Senate committee led the decision to pressurize Zuckerberg and Dorsey to testify, the committee’s Democrats, who voted on by-votes, would likely bring their own questions about content moderation to the table.