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US Senate to quiz Heads of Google, Facebook and Twitter

The US Senate Committee on Commerce has voted to quiz the heads of popular online platforms; Google, Twitter and Facebook over their policies on different types of content.

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai; Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey have all been subpoenaed by the senate committee.

One of the major focus of the subpoena will be the legal protections enjoyed by the chief executives over what they leave up and take down on their platforms. They will also be likely challenged over their controversies about privacy and misinformation.

Democrats and Republicans on the committee voted unanimously to summon the chief executives with Democrats focusing on competition and misinformation whereas the Republicans focused on alleged censorship of conservative views online.

The subpoena comes after an initial hearing in July when Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon chiefs testified to a House Committee about claims of bias and competition issues. The three chiefs were initially invited to attend voluntarily but declined, thus, forcing the subpoena from the Senate.

Social media platforms and other websites are protected from prosecution under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

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