Both CEOs, Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, were already slated to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee next week, along with Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, regarding issues of media bias and violation of privacy with regard to user data. Both hearings are aimed at discussing the issue.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the panel's chairman, said in a statement the hearing with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey will focus on the "platforms' censorship and suppression" of the unconfirmed articles from The New York Post and "provide a valuable opportunity to review the companies' handling of the 2020 election".
Many say it demonstrates big tech's bias towards the left, given the fact that many anti-Trump stories have been posted and shared online without intervention despite denials from the President or conservatives over the years.
Dorsey was apologetic for his company's lack of explanation in blocking the article.
'Our communication around our actions on the NYPost article was not great. The company later said the articles also violated its policies on displaying private information like email addresses and phone numbers without a person's permission.
Hunter Biden had joined the Board of Directors of Burisma Holdings in May 2014 and reportedly received $50,000 a month until he stepped down in April 2019.
In a separate development last Wednesday, Trump's campaign reported that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had her Twitter account locked, with the social networking giant claiming she had posted "hacked material" that "may put people in physical harm or danger, or contains trade secrets".
'We also now view materials included in the articles as violations of our Hacked Materials Policy.
'Our policy only covers links to or images of hacked material themselves, ' it concluded. However, this current subpoena deals with the issue of interfering in the outcome of an election.
The move comes after the two social media platforms rushed to limit the spread of the New York Post's recent bombshell story about Hunter Biden's Ukraine-related business dealings.
On the day the article was published, Facebook it was "reducing distribution" of the report.
'Our story explains where the info came from, and a Senate committee now confirms it also received the files from the same source, ' it hit back.