Senate Panel Preparing to Subpoena Google, Facebook and Twitter for CEO Testimony

The Senate Commerce Committee plans to subpoena the CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter to testify at an Oct. 1 hearing about the tech industry’s prized liability protections if the three do not agree by Thursday night to requests to appear, according to internal email obtained by POLITICO.

A top staffer for Senate Commerce Chair Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) wrote in the email to staff Wednesday that invitations have been sent to the top executives and “unless we receive a very prompt affirmative response, we will be issuing the subpoenas.”

John Keast, the panel’s staff director, said Wicker has notified ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) of his intent to issue subpoenas “to compel the attendance” of Google’s Sundar Pichai, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey. Read more…..


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Tech CEOs Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai and Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on July 29 about the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook.

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