House Judiciary Committee plans contempt of Congress proceedings for Mark Zuckerberg

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The GOP-led House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday that it plans to take up a resolution that would recommend a contempt of Congress citation for Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg over what Republicans insist is the social media company’s refusal to comply with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of censorship.

The panel is scheduled to consider the resolution Thursday, escalating its probe into claims the Biden administration has worked with tech executives to suppress conservative viewpoints.

A copy of the contempt report asserts that Zuckerberg and Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, have “willfully refused” to comply in full with a congressional subpoena stemming from the panel’s investigation into any efforts by the executive branch to encourage social media companies to moderate content on digital platforms.

The report further alleges that Meta has “played a central role in this censorship scheme, frequently acquiescing and catering to the government’s censorship requests and demands.”