By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-21-20

The Republican chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee wants to know if social media giants have been providing any data to the presidential campaigns.

In advance of an Oct. 28 hearing on Big Tech and Section 230, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) sent letters to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, both of whom are scheduled to testify, asking them for the information by Oct. 26 given the fast-approaching election.

Given that the candidates use the platforms for campaigning and communicating with voters, wrote Wicker, and in the interests of full disclosure, “I request that you provide the Committee with specific information regarding whether and how [Facebook/Twitter] has provided access to any data, analytics, or other information to either major political party, candidate, or affiliates thereof,” he said, which means essentially anything that might influence the campaign or candidate’s decision-making. » Read More