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The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted along party lines to authorize subpoenas for Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg to testify about alleged anti-conservative political bias on their platforms.
This is the second time in as many weeks that senators have subpoenaed the tech executives. Dorsey, Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai are already set to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee about Section 230 and content moderation next week. There was some conversation about combining that hearing with the political bias one, but it appears more likely they will be separated.
It's yet to be seen whether Dorsey and Zuckerberg will agree to testify voluntarily or if the committee will actually serve the subpoenas.
Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.