Senate Judiciary Subpoena Mark Zuckerberg Jack Dorsey

ABC News/YouTube (Fair Use) TED/YouTube

Senate Republicans vote to subpoena Zuckerberg, Dorsey in wake of Hunter Biden drama

Dorsey and Zuckerberg are already testifying before a different Senate committee next week.

 

Andrew Wyrich

Tech

Senate Republicans on Thursday voted to issue subpoenas to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in the wake of the companies limiting the reach of controversial New York Post story about Hunter Biden.

The Judiciary Committee voted 12-0 to issue the subpoenas to testify about “online content moderation.” The Democratic members of the committee were not present, as they were also boycotting the vote to send the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate for a vote.

Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) noted that Democrats on the committee asked him to delay the vote to issue the subpoenas, but he said he decided to move forward anyway.

“I’ve been asked by my Democratic colleagues to hold it over, and I think there is a lot of interest on the other side in getting some of the social media folks here to answer questions about their platforms,” Graham said. “So I’m going to move forward with the request today for the subpoena, hopefully give us some leverage to secure their testimony.”

It remains to be seen whether Zuckerberg and Dorsey will testify voluntarily, or the committee will use the subpoena.

Graham and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said they wanted to subpoena the companies last week after the New York Post story’s link was blocked on Twitter and limited on Facebook.

Cruz at the time said that the two tech companies were “actively interfering in the election” over their decisions. Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have claimed that Silicon Valley has a bias against conservatives.

Zuckerberg and Dorsey are already testifying—along with Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai—next week before the Senate Commerce Committee about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.


Read more of the Daily Dot’s tech and politics coverage

Nevada’s GOP secretary of state candidate follows QAnon, neo-Nazi accounts on Gab, Telegram
Court filing in Bored Apes lawsuit revives claims founders built NFT empire on Nazi ideology
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Say hi to the Donald for us’: Florida police briefed armed right-wing group before they went to Jan. 6 protest
Inside the Proud Boys’ ties to ghost gun sales
‘Judas’: Gab users are furious its founder handed over data to the FBI without a subpoena
EXCLUSIVE: Anti-vax dating site that let people advertise ‘mRNA FREE’ semen left all its user data exposed
Sign up to receive the Daily Dot’s Internet Insider newsletter for urgent news from the frontline of online.
Share this article

*First Published:

 
The Daily Dot