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Senate committee issues official subpoenas to Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack Dorsey

The Verge Thursday, 1 October 2020
Senate committee issues official subpoenas to Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jack DorseyMark Zuckerberg previously testified before the House Financial Services Committee in October 2019. | Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Thursday morning, the Senate Commerce committee voted unanimously to issue subpoenas to the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter — a significant escalation in Congress’s ongoing efforts to reexamine the liability protections of Section 230. The three CEOs will now be ordered to appear before the committee at a date still to be scheduled.

The hearing comes as the committee considers a new bill from Sen. Lindsay Graham, intended to limit the scope of “Good Samaritan” moderation that receives legal protections under Section 230. But the senators’ concerns reached far beyond 230, with different members also raising questions about privacy protections and broader antitrust issues.

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