Coons considering hauling in Facebook, Twitter CEOs for hearing

“We held hearings in the full committee last year, including one – a famous one in particular. [with] Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg from Twitter and Facebook, and I think there is reason for us to ask them to come back before us, ”he said in an interview.

Coons said his hearing plans are not final and talks with his Republican counterpart, senior member Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, about the scope of the meetings are ongoing.

Twitter and Facebook spokespersons declined to comment.

Under the control of the GOP in the last Congress, the Senate Judiciary Committee partisan voted to approve subpoenas to force Dorsey and Zuckerberg to testify on allegations of anti-conservative bias online. Dorsey and Zuckerberg later agreed to volunteer.

A broad look at social media: During the interview, Coons said his agenda will also focus on how algorithms amplify misinformation online and how to combat extremism on the internet.

“I think we are going to examine the dynamics of social media and I think we are going to examine the intersection between data protection, civil liberties and civil rights in the digital context,” he said.

A possible preview: Zuckerberg and Dorsey are due to testify next Thursday before the House’s energy and trade committee. The session is designed to focus on online misinformation.

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