Facebook, Twitter CEOs in talks to testify at House hearing as soon as March

A fixed date for the meeting has not yet been set, said the people who asked for anonymity to discuss private conversations, but it could come as early as March. One person said the CEOs’ appearance might depend on them giving a testimony with Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO.

When the CEOs show up, it could be the third time in less than six months that Dorsey and Zuckerberg have testified before Congress, and the second time for Pichai during that time. Lawmakers have taken the tech companies to court to resolve issues ranging from potential antitrust violations to how social media companies deal with misleading content.

Google, Twitter, and House Energy and Commerce Committee spokesmen did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.

All three executives appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee in October to testify about an online liability protection known as Section 230 that lawmakers have blamed for a litany of alleged bad tech industry behavior. The Senate Judiciary Committee re-summoned Zuckerberg and Dorsey in November to refute Republican allegations that companies censor conservative content.

Zuckerberg and Pichai had previously appeared at an antitrust subcommittee hearing in July with Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.

John Hendel contributed to this report.

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