WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee issued subpoenas Wednesday requiring Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft to hand over records regarding “censorship” collaboration with the US government.
Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) set a March 23 deadline for the companies to hand over content removal communications with and regarding the executive branch.
“To develop effective legislation, such as the possible enactment of new statutory limits on the Executive Branch’s ability to work with Big Tech to restrict the circulation of content and deplatform users, the Committee on the Judiciary must first understand how and to what extent the Executive Branch coerced and colluded with companies and other intermediaries to censor speech,” Jordan wrote in letters to the five companies.
“To this end, we have asked for communications between [your company] and the Executive Branch, internal [company] communications discussing communications from the Executive Branch, and [company] communications with third parties that may have been working with the Executive Branch, in addition to other key information,” Jordan wrote.
Jordan, who leads both the Judiciary Committee and its subcommittee looking into the “weaponization” of government, said that the legally binding subpoenas were issued because “[y]our response without compulsory process has been woefully inadequate.”
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