According to Fox News, Senators Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and Josh Hawley are pushing to have the top executives of Twitter and Facebook to testify.
Additionally, the Senators confirmed that there was a subpoena “in the works” as Fox News wrote.
NEW — U.S. Senator Josh Hawley has formally requested @Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and @Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism in a coming hearing titled "Digital Platforms and Election Interference.” pic.twitter.com/VlXBo17bX0
— Senator Hawley Press Office (@SenHawleyPress) October 15, 2020
The subpoena is subsequent to claims that the media platforms have been censoring reports that are 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.”
Biden campaign National Press Secretary @JTOBrown responds to Twitter’s decision to block a New York Post story about Hunter Biden.
— Cheddar🧀 (@cheddar) October 15, 2020
“We’re going to finally have an accounting that’s long overdue,” Graham, R-S.C., added.
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The Judiciary Committee chairman noted, “The power behind these platforms have been taken to a level that truly is dangerous.”
Twitter released a statement on the matter.
“Commentary on or discussion about hacked materials, such as articles that cover them but do not include or link to the materials themselves, aren’t a violation of this policy.”
“Our policy only covers links to or images of hacked material themselves.”
From Fox News:
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.
“We believe in a free press in this country and we also believe in free elections,” Hawley, R-Mo., said. “The attempt to rig an election, which is what we’re seeing here by monopolies, is unprecedented in American history. They have a lot to answer for.”
The New York Post released emails that allegedly reveal that Hunter introduced his father, the Democratic presidential nominee, to a top executive at Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings at Hunter’s request. The article said that the elder Biden met with Vadym Pozharskyi in April 2015 in Washington, D.C.
Twitter responded by locking the New York Post’s Twitter account as of 2:20 pm, saying the paper’s messages obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop broke the social network’s rules against the “distribution of hacked material,” Twitter wrote to the Post. Twitter also blocked users from sharing the link to the New York Post article.