Senate committee votes to subpoena Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs

The Senate Commerce Committee has voted unanimously to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter. The members plan to compel Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey to testify about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. That provision grants a high degree of liability protection to websites and online services from what their users post.

The committee’s ranking Democrat member, Senator Maria Cantwell, opposed the subpoena at first. She relented after Republican members added points about privacy and alleged “media domination” to the subpoena, according to CNBC. However, Cantwell expressed concern about a potential “chilling effect” on those battling hate speech and COVID-19 misinformation.