House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) announced Wednesday that he subpoenaed the heads of five Big Tech companies.
The subpoenas seek documents and communications “relating to the federal government’s reported collusion with Big Tech to suppress free speech,” according to a press release from Jordan’s office.
The chief executive officers of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft all received subpoenas.
“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 press release said.
Twitter did not appear on the subpoena list. In fact, Jordan’s letters tout how Twitter “set a benchmark for how transparent Big Tech companies can be about interactions with government over censorship.”
The Twitter Files, which have revealed to the public internal communications at Twitter, “have exposed how Big Tech and the federal government have worked hand in hand in ways that undermine First Amendment principles,” Jordan writes. “Numerous internal documents from Twitter reflect the weaponization of the federal government’s power to censor speech online.”
Jordan, who also heads the new House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, set a deadline for March 23.
“Step one towards accountability,” he said of the subpoenas.
We just subpoenaed Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple regarding Big Tech’s reported collusion with the federal government.
Step one towards accountability.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 15, 2023
The Daily Wire reached out to Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft seeking comment on the subpoenas.
“We have started producing documents, are engaged with the Committee, and committed to working in good faith,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.
Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Alphabet and its subsidiary Google. Andy Jassy is the CEO of Amazon. Mark Zuckerberg is CEO of Meta and co-founder of its social media website Facebook. Tim Cook is CEO of Apple. Satya Nadella is chairman and CEO of Microsoft.
The Daily Wire also reached out to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, for comment.
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