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 GrassleyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Clash looms over next coronavirus relief bill Trump says GOP 'flexible' on convention plans 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 TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE's 2016 campaign, improperly obtained 50 million Facebook users' data.

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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 ZuckerbergPressure mounts on Facebook to rein in hate speech Facebook civil rights audit finds 'serious setbacks' Hillicon Valley: Pompeo floats TikTok ban | Civil rights groups slam Facebook after call | Election security funding included in proposal 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 KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Teachers' union President Randi Weingarten calls Trump administration plan to reopen schools 'a train wreck'; US surpasses 3 million COVID-19 cases The Hill's Coronavirus Report: DC's Bowser says protesters and nation were 'assaulted' in front of Lafayette Square last month; Brazil's Bolsonaro, noted virus skeptic, tests positive for COVID-19 Hillicon Valley: QAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem | Supreme Court upholds regulation banning robocalls to cellphones | Foreign hackers take aim at homebound Americans | Uber acquires Postmates 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.