The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to give Chairman Lindsey Graham the ability to issue subpoenas to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. It was a 12-0 committee vote, as Democrats boycotted the meeting, along with a separate one pertaining to Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court.
- Last week, the New York Post published two articles alleging that Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden's son Hunter arranged a meeting between the then-VP and a Ukranian business executive.
- Twitter temporarily prohibited the sharing of the article while Facebook limited its dissemination. Republicans were outraged at the decisions and considered them examples of social media's anti-conservative bias.
- While a date for this hearing isn't set, Zuckerberg and Dorsey are scheduled to appear in front of the Senate Commerce Committee along with Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on Oct. 28.
- That hearing will focus on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which protects social media companies from liability over the content posted on their platforms.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee also voted 12-0 to advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Senate floor. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the vote to confirm Barrett will be held on Monday, Oct. 26.