The Senate Judiciary Committee accepted subpoenas on Thursday to power Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify earlier than the physique relating to complaints of anti-conservative bias on their platforms.
Final week, the New York Post published a report alleging that Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, launched his father to an government on the Ukrainian vitality firm Burisma. For months, President Trump’s reelection marketing campaign has focused Biden’s alleged connections to Ukraine as the muse of political assaults. Reporters disputed the Submit’s allegations, and Fb and Twitter moved to cut back the article’s attain.
Fb signaled that the article was topic to third-party fact-checking, and Twitter banned linking to the story fully. This lit a fireplace beneath Republicans who claimed that the platforms have been censoring conservatives solely weeks earlier than the US presidential election.
“This is election interference, and we are 19 days out from an election,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a Judiciary Committee member told reporters shortly after the platforms took motion in opposition to the report. “Never before have we seen active censorship of a major press publication with serious allegations of corruption of one of the two candidates for president.”
Fb didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark from The Verge. A Twitter spokesperson declined to remark.
Republicans accepted the subpoena authorizations unanimously in a 12-Zero vote on Thursday. The subpoena vote adopted the committee’s transfer to approve Decide Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court docket, a listening to committee Democrats boycotted.
Zuckerberg, Dorsey, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai are already scheduled to testify earlier than the Senate Commerce Committee on October 28th. The executives are set to be questioned by lawmakers over whether or not Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act must be modified, citing allegations over perceived conservative bias on platforms.