Facebook, Twitter CEOs in talks to testify at House hearing as early as
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[February 13, 2021] (Reuters)
- The chief executives of Facebook Inc and
Twitter Inc are in talks with House of Representatives lawmakers to
testify at a hearing as early as next month, Politico reported https://politi.co/2Zcuwf8
on Friday, citing people familiar with the plans.
The exact focus of the hearing is not yet clear, the report said.
Facebook has discussed making its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg,
available to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the
report said, citing two people. Twitter and its chief, Jack Dorsey, have
discussed the same, Politico said, citing one person.
The Politico report said the appearance of the Facebook and Twitter CEOs
could be contingent on them testifying jointly alongside Sundar Pichai,
chief executive of Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc.
A firm date has not yet been set for hearing, but it could come as early
as March, the report said, citing sources.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is seen testifying remotely via
videoconference during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled,
"Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election,"
on Facebook and Twitter's content moderation practices, on Capitol
Hill in Washington, U.S., November 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah
Facebook and Google did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee and Twitter declined to comment.
All three chiefs appeared at a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee in
October. Republican lawmakers questioned them about their content moderation
decisions while Democrats primarily focused on insufficient actions against
misinformation that interfered with the election.
(Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler and Jane
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