Rep. Jim Jordan to subpoena execs from Big Tech firms: 'First step in holding Big Tech accountable'
House Republicans, who in part won back the chamber on promises to investigate major GOP agenda issues, are now setting their sights on Big Tech platforms for abuses against free speech and potential censorship.
The House Judiciary Committee, led by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), released a statement Wednesday announcing subpoenas for Big Tech executives concerning censorship practices and free speech issues.
"Today, House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) subpoenaed the chief executive officers of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft for documents and communications relating to the federal government's reported collusion with Big Tech to suppress free speech," the statement began.
"The House Judiciary Committee has repeatedly attempted to engage with the five companies since last December. Unfortunately, the companies have not adequately complied with our requests."
The statement concluded by stressing the importance of, "protecting and advancing fundamental free speech principles," and "examining how private actors coordinate with the government to suppress First Amendment-protected speech. These subpoenas are the first step in holding Big Tech accountable."
The individuals subpoenaed were as follows: Sundar Pichai, Andy Jassy, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Satya Nadella, and they've been asked to "turn over all requested documents and communications by March 23, 2023."
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