Senate Judiciary Committee To Subpoena CEOs Of Facebook And Twitter Over Censorship Allegations

( Subpoenas will be issued to Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, and Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, over allegations of censorship. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to issue the subpoenas last Thursday.

The vote in the committee was unanimous, though no Democrats voted in favor of it since they were boycotting that meeting that also featured the committee advancing the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

According to the committee, the two social media companies have engaged in the “suppression and/or censorship” of reports the came from the New York Post regarding the Biden family’s alleged interactions with foreign entities. The Post report unveiled emails between Hunter Biden and a foreign representative of a company alleging that Joe Biden, who was vice president at the time, would participate in meetings.

Dorsey and Zuckerberg will already be giving testimony in front of the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday this week, along with Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google. This was a previously-scheduled session. The three CEOs were subpoenaed to testify here before ultimately agreeing to voluntarily show up.

The battle over censorship and anti-trust violations has been brewing between Washington and big tech companies for some time now. And it seems it may be bubbling over the top.

The Department of Justice recently filed the largest anti-trust lawsuit against Google and its parent company Alphabet recently. This is sure to be a topic at Wednesday’s panel.

And now, the Judiciary Committee wants to hear from the leaders of two of the largest social media companies about their role in censoring conservative viewpoints.

Many Republican officials have been pushing hard for action by the party against the big tech companies. Recently, Harmeet Dhillon, who is an official with the Republican Party and a lawyer, warned that:

“Republicans are ignoring this at their peril … we are going to lose very single election going forward if we don’t put a stop to this bias.”

There have been some analyses, though, that have shown big tech companies have made political contributions to some Republicans, which may be swaying the inaction that Dhillon was referring to.

Most of the money that gets donated from big tech goes to liberals, though. Donations from Alphabet went to Democrats at a 93.81% rate compared to just 6.61% to Republicans. Donations from owners of Alphabet or employees have totaled $1.9 million to Biden’s campaign, and less than $45,000 to President Donald Trump.

Of Twitter’s political donations, 99.18% have gone to Democrats with only 0.82% to Republicans. Facebook has a “split” of 91.75% to Democrats and 8.25% to Republicans.

While companies and individuals are allowed to make donations to whomever they want, this slant toward Democrats is particularly concerning given these companies wield enormous power in the “information game.” The claims of unfair censorship of conservative views becomes even more pronounced when you take a look at the heavy favoritism shown to Democratic politicians and candidates.