Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsi will testify voluntarily before the Senate Judiciary Committee to address allegations of bias in dealing with news coverage during the 2020 election cycle next month, with committee chairman Sen. Linds Graham Announced on Friday.
Graham, RSC, said in a statement, “The hearing will focus on censorship and repression on the New York Post articles forum and provide a valuable opportunity for companies to review the 2020 election.”
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The committee said on November 17, the hearing would be held on Tuesday.
Dorsey would testify virtually, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed, but made no comment otherwise. A Facebook spokesman confirmed that Zuckerberg would testify.
Facebook and Twitter faced widespread criticism earlier this month when each social media platform took steps to slow the spread of the New York Post’s report on email, a laptop that belonged to Hunter Biden. The emails detailed Biden’s alleged foreign trade dealings with contacts in China and Ukraine.
A Facebook representative said the company would limit the circulation of the article until the veracity of its claims could be investigated. Twitter stopped sharing the article altogether, in a move that said it had a “hacked content policy”. Twitter also closed the New York Post account and others who attempted to share the report until their posts were deleted.
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Dorsey later admitted that Twitter had misconstrued the situation, with the decision to block the article without explicit reference to why the action was called “unacceptable”.
Leading Republicans gave slogans to both companies to deal with the situation and called on them to clarify their policies.
Earlier this week, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee warned that Zuckerberg and Dorsey would be subdivided if they did not agree to testify voluntarily. In addition to a more detailed explanation of their handling of the New York Post report, the committee asked technical officials to clarify their policies for “interfering” material for federal elections.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.