Snap, X, Discord CEOs subpoenaed for child exploitation hearing
Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called on Big Tech CEOs to "explain their failures" in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The leaders of X, Meta, Snap, TikTok and Discord have been called to testify before a Senate Judiciary hearing about online child sexual exploitation.
Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Monday that they had issued subpoenas to the CEOs of X, Discord and Snap. The senators said they expected Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew to testify voluntarily, based on conversations they said had been occurring between committee members and the companies.
In a joint statement, the senators said they were seeking to compel the executives to testify at a hearing scheduled for Dec. 6, where they would "have their chance to explain their failures to protect kids."
But Linda Yaccarino of X, Jason Citron of Discord and Evan Spiegel of Snap had been less cooperative, according to representatives for the senators.
A representative for Durbin said that X and Discord had refused electronic service of the subpoenas and that the senator's office had engaged U.S. Marshals to serve them.