By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-22-20

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Thursday (Oct. 22) to issue subpoenas to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

The two are already scheduled to testify at a hearing in the Senate Commerce Committee next week on Sec. 230 but Judiciary wants to do its own delving into the issue of online content moderation, according to that Committee’s chairman, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Initially, Graham had signaled only a subpoena to Dorsey – Twitter has been particularly in the spotlight for flagging some of President Trump’s tweets as misleading or potentially inciting violence, then more recently for its blocking of New York Post stories about Hunter Biden – but Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.) asked that Zuckerberg be included.

The vote’s unanimity was all on the Republican side, however, because the Democrats had boycotted the business meeting due to the item preceding the subpoena vote – on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. » Read More