Senate Intel plans to haul in execs from Facebook, Twitter and Google for testimony

The Senate Intelligence Committee is planning on holding a hearing in the fall with executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google, a spokesperson for the panel's chairman confirmed Wednesday.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTexas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term On The Money — IRS chief calls for reinforcements Burr brother-in-law ordered to testify in insider trading probe MORE (R-N.C.) is pushing for top officials from each company to attend the hearing, which is expected to be held the first week of September.

The Hill previously reported that the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal Liberty University professor charged with alleged sexual battery and abduction of student Five Senate Democrats reportedly opposed to Biden banking nominee MORE (Va.), was in the process of pushing the panel to hold a hearing with such tech companies.

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A source with knowledge of the hearing planned for early September told The Hill that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg have both confirmed they will attend the hearing. The source said that Google CEO Sundar Pichai has been invited to testify, as well.

Another source with knowledge of the hearings maintained that formal invitations had not yet been sent to all the companies.

Representatives for Twitter and Facebook both declined to comment on the hearings. Google did not respond to The Hill’s request for comment.

BuzzFeed News first reported on the details of the hearing.

The hearing is a follow-up to the panel's hearing in November, in which lawmakers grilled lawyers from each firm for how their platform was manipulated by Russian trolls seeking to influence the election.

In April, Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark ZuckerbergHillicon Valley — Amazon draws COVID scrutiny Meta exec who co-founded Diem digital currency leaving the company Two lawyers who filed suit challenging election results ordered to pay nearly 7K MORE testified before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to speak on his company’s relationship with the now-defunct British political research firm Cambridge Analytica.