Senate committee invites Facebook, Twitter and Google CEOs to testify

Senate committee invites Facebook, Twitter and Google CEOs to testify
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyFive things to know about Bruce Ohr, the DOJ official under fire from Trump Democrats question if Kavanaugh lied about work on terrorism policy The Hill's Morning Report: Dems have a majority in the Senate (this week) MORE (R-Iowa) announced Monday the committee has invited the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify in a hearing on data privacy and social media.

The hearing, which is scheduled for April 10, will examine “standards for the collection, retention and dissemination of consumer data for commercial use,” as well as “what steps companies like Facebook can take to better protect personal information of users and ensure more transparency in the process,” according to a press release.

Grassley’s announcement comes in the wake of massive backlash against Facebook over how British research firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller MORE's 2016 campaign, improperly obtained 50 million Facebook users' data.

New revelations over the reach of Facebook’s data, including Android users’ call logs, have also spurred criticism of the company.

Grassley’s call for Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems split on key issues but united against Trump How tech reached a breaking point with Infowars Why we should not want Facebook, or any online platform, to ‘save’ us from Alex Jones MORE to testify alongside Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai comes after pressure on the matter from other members of the committee, including Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Trump escalates feud with intel critics | Tesla shares fall after troubling Musk interview | House panel considers subpoena for Twitter's Jack Dorsey | Why Turkish citizens are breaking their iPhones The Hill's Morning Report — GOP seeks to hold Trump’s gains in Midwest states Tina Smith defeats former Bush ethics lawyer in Minnesota Dem primary MORE (D-Minn.) and John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.).

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who also sits on the committee, has said Zuckerberg should be subpoenaed if he does not attend.

Other committees including Senate Commerce and House Energy and Commerce have invited Zuckerberg to testify before their committees as well. 

The Federal Trade Commission also announced on Monday that it is investigating Facebook’s data collection practices.