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Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify post-election -U.S. Senate panel

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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Friday the chief executives of Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc will testify before the panel on Nov. 17 over their decision to block stories that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son.

By Richard Cowan and Nandita Bose

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said on Friday the chief executives of Twitter Inc TWTR.N and Facebook Inc FB.O will testify before the panel on Nov. 17 over their decision to block stories that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son.

The Judiciary committee voted on Thursday to subpoena the two CEOs.

The executives will testify on allegations of anti-conservative bias, the committee said. The companies have come under heavy criticism from conservatives over their decision to flag two New York Post stories as spreading disinformation.

The CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O will also testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on Oct. 28 about a key law protecting internet companies.

Republican President Donald Trump and many Republican lawmakers have continued to criticize tech companies for allegedly stifling conservative voices. Both hearings are aimed at discussing the issue.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan Editing by Chris Reese and Richard Chang)

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