Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have agreed to virtually testify before the Senate Trade Committee on October 28. Politico reported on Friday night. Assuming the audience is broadcast live somehow, that means you’ll be able to watch some of the most powerful people in the world being toasted by policymakers who recently discussed changing laws that allow their businesses to grow on an unfathomable scale.
The hearing, which will take place just six days before the US presidential election, will be the second major congressional hearing featuring top tech CEOs this year; the House antitrust committee heard from Pichai, Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in late July. We learned a number of interesting things from their testimony and from the documents released shortly after the hearing. It seems likely we’ll learn more about how Facebook, Google, and Twitter work based on what their CEOs say in October.
It needs to be constructive and focused on what matters most to the American people: how we work together to protect elections.
– Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) October 2, 2020
The hearing will focus on Article 230 liability guarantees, data confidentiality and media consolidation, according to Politico. Many politicians have recently introduced a bill to amend Section 230, including a bill recently introduced by Senator Lindsay Graham and one from a group of Senate Republicans introduced in June that has stalled.
Zuckerberg, Pichai and Dorsey’s deal comes just a day after the committee voted to issue subpoenas to CEOs, though the CEOs later agreed to testify voluntarily, Politico reports. These potential subpoenas followed voluntary requests made last week for CEOs to appear to testify on October 1.