The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Monday that leaders have subpoenaed the CEOs of X, Snap and Elon Musk’s Discord to testify before the Christmas break about the dangers of social media for children.
The chairman, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and ranking member Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., issued bipartisan subpoenas to the CEOs of social media companies ahead of a Dec. 6 hearing.
The committee and Durbin announced the subpoenas Monday in posts on the X platform itself.
“The committee remains in discussions with Meta and TikTok – it expects that their CEOs will agree to voluntarily testify,” the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote.
“We promised Big Tech they would have a chance to explain their failures to protect children. Now is that chance. I am calling Big Tech CEOs before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about their failure to protect children online,” Durbin wrote. . “Big Tech has failed to police itself – to the detriment of our children. We are informing our legislative efforts to protect children online.”
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The committee billed the hearing as an opportunity for members to “press CEOs of big tech companies on their failures to protect children.”
“Big Tech’s failure to control itself to the detriment of our children cannot go unaddressed,” Durbin and Graham said in a joint statement. “Hearing from the CEOs of some of the world’s largest social media companies will help inform the Committee’s efforts to address the online child sexual exploitation crisis. »
In a departure from standard practice, Discord and subpoenas personally.” “, Reuters reported.
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This is the first time X’s Linda Yaccarino will testify before Congress since Musk named her CEO of the platform formerly known as Twitter. Discord’s Jason Citron and Snap’s Evan Spiegel have also been subpoenaed to testify on December 6, while Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew are expected to voluntarily speak before Congress.
House Republicans recently pressed Chew over the “deluge of pro-Hamas content” flooding TikTok amid the war between Israel and Hamas, as the Chinese platform has sparked months of debate major national security issue on the influence of the CCP.
Wifredo Fernandez, X’s head of government affairs for the United States and Canada, told The Washington Post in an emailed statement that the company “worked in good faith to participate in the Judiciary Committee’s hearing on protecting children online, because safety is our priority.” priority in
“Today we are communicating our updated availability to participate in a hearing on this important issue,” Fernández said.
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“Snap’s CEO has already agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and our team is coordinating with committee staff to set potential dates,” Snap spokesperson Pete Boogaard said in a statement. , according to the Post.
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