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 GrassleyLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Farmers: New Trump ethanol proposal reneged on previous deal 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 TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' 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 ZuckerbergWarren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter knocks Zuckerberg for invoking her father while defending Facebook Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg defends handling of misinformation in political ads | Biden camp hits Zuckerberg over remarks | Dem bill would jail tech execs for lying about privacy | Consumer safety agency accidentally disclosed personal data 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 KlobucharOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems advance drug pricing bill | Cases of vaping-related lung illnesses near 1,500 | Juul suspends sales of most e-cigarette flavors 2020 Democrats tell LGBTQ teens they're not alone on Spirit Day 'We lost a giant': 2020 Democrats mourn the death of Elijah Cummings 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.