Senate Republicans call on Twitter, Facebook bosses to testify amid censorship claims, say subpoena in works

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Critics claim the social media platforms have been censoring reporting critical of Democrats

Republican Sens. Ted CruzLindsey Graham and Josh Hawley on Thursday called on the heads of Twitter and Facebook to testify, and said a subpoena was in the works, as critics claimed the social media platforms have been censoring reporting critical of Democrats.

“This is election interference and we’re 19 days out from an election,” Cruz, R-Texas, said. “It has no precedent in the history of democracy. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know what the hell is going on.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee leaders announced they will vote on a subpoena Tuesday for Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, to testify before the committee on Friday, Oct. 23. Hawley said he hoped the committee would vote to subpoena Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, too.

The action comes as both Twitter and Facebook took steps to stop the widespread dissemination of an explosive New York Post report this week that purports to show emails from Hunter Biden linking his father to his Ukraine business dealings.

Republicans accused the social media platforms of censorship and implied the tech giants were in cahoots with the Biden campaign to suppress a negative story.

They also made a case for hypocrisy, saying Twitter did doing nothing to censor reporting on the Steele dossier that was damaging to President Trump or to flag reporting on Russia collusion allegations. The Republicans pointed to the power the tech giants wield and how their decisions on content can influence voters’ understanding of the candidates.

“We’re going to finally have an accounting that’s long overdue,” Graham, R-S.C., said.

“The power behind these platforms have been taken to a level that truly is dangerous,” the Judiciary Committee chairman added. full story

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