Senate subpoenas could force Zuckerberg and Dorsey to testify on New York Post controversy. By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, advance Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, recent antitrust lawsuit targeting Google. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Invited To Testify In Congressional Big Tech Hearing. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment, and Twitter declined. “We do not take down the tweets but we add context around it.”. At issue was President Trump’s request for an order c, A Republican poll challenger in Detroit signed an affid, Andrew McCabe admitted 'unacceptable' errors were made, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Invited To Testify In Congressional Big Tech Hearing, I Was In Philadelphia Watching Fraud Happen. The hearing will be the second major congressional appearance by tech CEOs arranged this month. Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. Committee chair Roger Wicker couldn't pronounce the … Copyright © 2020 The Federalist, a wholly independent division of FDRLST Media, All Rights Reserved. Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg both admitted that neither had any evidence that the New York Post’s bombshell reporting is Russian disinformation. Ted Cruz yelled. The congressional scrutiny comes as Republicans ratchet up their campaign to rethink Section 230, a portion of federal law that spares social media sites from being held liable for the content posted by their users — or their decisions about what to leave up or take down. Senate lawmakers voted Thursday to authorize a subpoena that could compel the chief executives of Facebook and Twitter to testify before a congressional hearing … GOP leaders on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve the formal summons targeting Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, a move that the panel’s chairman, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, said would provide his colleagues “leverage to secure their testimony” at an unspecified date. Another letter sent by Rep. Jordan and copied to Chairman Nadler on Thursday said that House Republicans “received Twitter’s reply to our July 8, 2020 inquiry,” and are looking forward to his testimony early next week. Facebook and Twitter each limited the spread of the Post’s story — with Twitter initially blocking links outright before relenting — out of concern about the origins of the information. His Democratic colleague Brian Schatz called the hearing in which he was speaking "a sham." Republicans are eager to press the tech CEOs on how their respective platforms handled a dubious story from the New York Post purporting to report on hacked materials from presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. The subpoena itself specifically says lawmakers seek to press the two tech executives over their “suppression and/or censorship” of reporting published by the New York Post about Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic candidate and former vice president Joe Biden. Section 230 will be on the chopping block at the next big tech hearing. “We believe there is bipartisan interest to hear from Twitter about its power in the marketplace, its role in moderating content on its platform, and the causes for its recent highly publicized security breaches.”, Jordan also noted that, despite Nadler’s lack of cooperation on expanding the hearing to the full judiciary committee, Republicans “hope that you will be more receptive to our input on the hearing’s content.”. The hearing will be the second major congressional appearance by tech CEOs arranged this month. July 22, 2020 By Jordan Davidson. Twitter suspended U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan for a post celebrating the success of the southern border wall. GOP lawmakers have taken aim at the decades-old rules in response to concerns about political bias, charges for which they have offered little evidence and one that Facebook, Google and Twitter staunchly deny. pic.twitter.com/H5q4dxFmBW, — House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) July 23, 2020. The most important news stories of the day, curated by Post editors and delivered every morning. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday defended Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act during a hearing on … Now, Jordan says it’s Chairman Nadler’s turn to reach out. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter to Chairman Jerrold Nadler (R-N.Y.) of the House Judiciary Committee asking him to consider “formally extending an invitation” to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify in an upcoming subcommittee hearing. “As the Committee considers large technology companies and the competitive landscape, a thorough examination cannot exclude Twitter, a market leader in social media. But even as you reject Republican views in what you have described as a “bipartisan” investigation, we believe that the Committee’s discussion would benefit from the perspective of Twitter, a market leader that would otherwise be noticeably absent from Monday’s hearing,” wrote Jordan. Sen. Ted Cruz grilled Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, calling his company’s behavior the most egregious out of all the social media giants. According to a new press release from the committee, lawmakers also plan to use the proceedings as a high-profile port-mortem on how Twitter and Facebook fared on and after election day — an issue that lawmakers on both sides will undoubtedly be happy to dig into. Looking forward to Monday, @jack. GOP leaders have ratcheted up their attacks as Facebook and Twitter seek to crack down on harmful election misinformation, including misleading posts about voting from the president himself. But the subpoena threat — which still must be sent to the tech companies — adds to the industry’s political headaches at a time when many top Republicans, including President Trump, continue to snipe at social media sites over allegations they censor conservatives online. “I write to notify you that we are calling Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, to testify at this hearing and we expect that you will transmit an invitation to him promptly,” Jordan wrote. Not so much. Facebook and Twitter in DC: What the congressional hearings looked like up close It was supposed to be a dramatic follow-up to Mark Zuckerberg's hearings in April. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will answer questions at the hearing, set for November 17 — two weeks after election day. Senate lawmakers voted Thursday to authorize a subpoena that could compel the chief executives of Facebook and Twitter to testify before a congressional hearing exploring their content-moderation practices, ramping up the war between Republicans in Washington and tech giants in Silicon Valley less than two weeks before the 2020 election. The top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee issued an early warning to the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter at a congressional hearing Wednesday, saying that … “We believe the most appropriate venue for this discussion is a public forum in front of the American people,” the letter said. No Democrats voted on the subpoena: Party lawmakers did not attend the session in protest of the committee’s earlier vote to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. Zuckerberg and Dorsey are set to join Google CEO Sundar Pichai at a previously scheduled hearing Wednesday before the Senate Commerce Committee. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Republicans there similarly voted to subpoena the tech executives before ultimately obtaining their voluntary commitment to testify. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a … The upcoming hearing represents a significant and unique opportunity to explore these issues with respect to Twitter as part of the Committee’s investigation,” the letter read. The hearing is expected to be highly political and wide-ranging — touching on everything from content moderation to the government’s recent antitrust lawsuit targeting Google. They view the incident as evidence of their ongoing claims of anti-conservative political bias in platform policy decisions. The hearing began at 10 a.m. According to the letter, Republicans previously received no response from Dorsey after they sent a request for more information “about Twitter’s content moderation policies” earlier in the month. While Republicans on the Senate committee led the decision to pressure Zuckerberg and Dorsey into testifying, the committee’s Democrats, who sat out the vote on the subpoenas, will likely bring to the table their own questions about content moderation, as well. 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.”. “To date, you have declined to grant Republican requests to expand the hearing to the full Committee. 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The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter return (virtually) to Congress today to defend their legal liability shield to lawmakers keen to weaken it. “We have not censored the U.S. president,” Jack Dorsey said. Tech addiction, not bias or disinformation or censorship, is subtly becoming the single most important issue in our politics right now. The invite comes as the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law gears up to hear testimonies from executives in Google’s parent company Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook about their actions “moderating content” early next week.