Shortly after voting on two subpoenas, the Senate Judiciary Committee reached an agreement that the CEOs of two major social platforms will volunteer to testify in November. The hearing will be the second major congressional appearance by tech CEOs organized this month.
Twitter Facebook's Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg will answer questions at the hearing on November 17, two weeks after election day. The Republican-led committee is chaired by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who set the agenda for "Platforms Censorship and Suppression of New York Post Articles."
According to a new press release from the committee, legislators are planning to use the process as a high-profile port mortem for Twitter and Facebook on and after election day – an issue that legislators on both sides will undoubtedly be happy to deal with.
Republicans are eager to educate tech CEOs on how their respective platforms handled a dubious New York Post story allegedly covering hacked materials from presidential candidate Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden. They view the incident as evidence of their ongoing claims of anti-conservative political bias in platform policy decisions.
While the Republicans on the Senate committee made the decision to force Zuckerberg and Dorsey to testify, the committee Democrats who voted on the subpoenas are also likely to bring their own content moderation questions to the table.