Chairman: Senate Judiciary to vote on subpoena for Mark Zuckerberg

Chairman: Senate Judiciary to vote on subpoena for Mark Zuckerberg
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The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote next week on whether to authorize a subpoena for Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Five takeaways on new election interference from Iran, Russia | Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs House Republicans urge Democrats to call hearing with tech CEOs MORE after criticism over the platform's handling of limiting the spread of a New York Post story, according to committee chairman Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHarrison says campaign had to spend record M haul 'to get this thing to toss-up status' BlackPAC rolls out Senate race endorsements for the first time The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Walton Family Foundation — Sights and sounds outside the Amy Coney Barrett vote MORE (R-S.C.). 

Graham indicated to Politico on Friday that the committee will vote on whether to subpoena Zuckerberg, a day after Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzQuinnipiac poll finds Biden, Trump tied in Texas China could cut our access to critical minerals at any time — here's why we need to act The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Two weeks out, Trump attempts to rally the base MORE (R-Texas) said the committee will vote on whether or not to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. 

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyJustice Department charges Google with illegally maintaining search monopoly Conservatives seize on New York Post story to push Section 230 reform Hillicon Valley: Trump refuses to condemn QAnon | Twitter revises its policy, lets users share disputed article | Google sees foreign cyber threats MORE (R-Mo.) said Friday the committee should also vote to subpoena Zuckerberg amid harsh criticism from congressional Republicans over the platform's decision to curb the spread of the Post story about Hunter Biden. The story drew skepticism over its sourcing. 


Graham indicated he would follow through with Hawley’s suggestion. 

“Yeah, I think I will,” Graham told Politico, when asked about Hawley’s remarks as Graham campaigned in North Charleston, S.C. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE and his GOP allies this week harshly criticized Twitter and Facebook over their handling of the Post story, renewing allegations that the platforms harbor an anti-conservative bias. 

Twitter blocked users from tweeting links to the Post story, saying the article violated its hacked materials policy. The company on Thursday night said it had changed its policy on hacked material. 

Facebook has not made clear which aspect of the Post article led to the decision to limit its spread. The company pointed to its policy on viral misinformation, which states that Facebook can limit distribution before a third-party fact-checker evaluates a piece “if we have signals that a piece of content is false.” 

Zuckerberg and Dorsey are already slated to appear before the Senate Commerce Committee later this month as part of a previously scheduled hearing. 

Facebook declined to comment. A spokesperson for Graham was not immediately available for comment.