On whether to summon the two executives, all 12 Republican members of the committee voted for it, while 10 of them Democrats were absent from the meeting and did not vote.
Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the committee, said that if the CEOs of the two companies failed to comply with the requirements of Congress and could not voluntarily come to the Congress to attend hearings and testify, the summoning would serve as a compulsion to ensure that the CEOs of the two companies were present to testify.
Under the subpoena, the chief executives of Facebook and twitter will have to appear before the Senate judicial committee to testify on the charges of anti conservative bias against the two companies. The exact time for the hearing has yet to be determined.
Earlier, the New York Post published a report on illegal business practices with Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, which was subsequently disseminated on the two companies social media platforms. The content of the report was not confirmed, so it was marked as false information by the two companies social platforms and blocked. This has provoked anger among Republicans and conservatives and severe criticism of both companies. They claim that these platforms are still censoring conservatives in the run-up to US presidential election day.
In addition, Facebook and twitter CEOs and alphabets Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, will testify on whether a legal provision protecting the content of Internet companies platforms needs to be amended at another hearing held by the Senate Commerce Committee on October 28. This legal provision, also known as Article 230 of the communication justice act, stipulates that technology companies social media platforms will not be held responsible for the content of their users posts, allowing technology companies social media platforms to adjust content in good faith without any impact.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and many Republican congressmen in the US Congress have been criticizing technology companies for silencing conservative voices. The contents of these two hearings will involve the discussion of this issue. (Tianmen Mountain)
Source: Qiao JunJing, editor in charge of Netease science and Technology Report_ NBJ11279