Senate Judiciary Committee Authorizes Subpoenas for Twitter and Facebook CEOs -- Update
By Siobhan Hughes
The Senate Judiciary Committee authorized its chairman to issue
subpoenas to the chief executives of Facebook Inc. and Twitter
Inc., after the companies limited sharing of New York Post articles
regarding the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The Republican-led panel voted 12-0 to authorize Chairman
Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) to issue subpoenas to Facebook's Mark
Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey.
The vote will "hopefully give us some leverage to secure their
testimony, " Mr. Graham said.
Democrats sat out the meeting, as they boycotted a separate
committee vote to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett
to the full Senate.
Twitter last week blocked users from posting links to the New
York Post articles, initially citing a potential violation of its
rules regarding hacked materials. The company later said the
articles also violated its policies on displaying private
information like email addresses and phone numbers without a
person's permission. Mr. Dorsey said at the time that the company's
failure to give context around its actions was "unacceptable."
Twitter's move came after Facebook also limited the distribution
of the articles on its platform, saying it was awaiting guidance
from its third-party fact-checking partners. Facebook slowed the
spread of the Post articles pending a decision by those partners, a
spokesman said last week.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
October 22, 2020 10:22 ET (14:22 GMT)
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