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The Senate Commerce Committee is threatening to subpoena Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey to testify at an Oct. 1 hearing about Section 230 reform. The aggressive move comes just as the Department of Justice, White House and state attorneys general ramp up their moves against the social media giants 40 days before the presidential election.
A committee spokesperson confirmed that Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker has notified his Democratic counterpart that he intends to issue subpoenas to the Twitter, Google and Facebook CEOs. Committee staff are set to engage with company representatives later on Thursday.The committee sent the invitations to all three companies on Friday evening and asked for a response by Monday morning, according to a source familiar with the invitations – an extremely tight turnaround for any congressional hearing, and particularly an executive invite. The House Judiciary Committee spent months negotiating over testimony from the Big Tech CEOs before its blockbuster hearing earlier this summer.
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.