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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 BurrFormer North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid North Carolina mayor Rett Newton launches Senate bid Democratic hopeful Jeff Jackson raises .3M for North Carolina Senate bid 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 WarnerA bold fix for US international taxation of corporations Democrats offer competing tax ideas on Biden infrastructure Five ways an obscure Senate ruling could change Washington 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 Elliot ZuckerbergAdvocacy group accuses Facebook of fueling anti-Muslim hate Texas GOP move to overhaul voting laws: What you need to know Congress must come together and protect our children on social media 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.