Is Zuckerberg Next for Contempt Charges?

( – The man whose internal business motto was once “move fast and break things” is now in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful congressional Republicans. Ohio’s Jim Jordan, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said he is considering a contempt citation against Mark Zuckerberg should the Facebook CEO not cooperate with his committee.

The Rep. is currently heading an inquiry that is investigating allegations that Facebook parent company Meta censored user content and “protected speech” on their platform at the request of various agencies from the federal government. Facebook rebranded itself as Meta in October of 2021.

On July 17, Jordan was asked by Fox’s Laura Ingraham if he intended to move forward with the citation. The Ohio Rep. confirmed that he would pursue contempt charges if Zuckerberg declines to provide the requested information.

Jordan further told Ingraham his committee already knows Facebook engaged in censorship of Americans because a Federal Court deemed those facts as accurate at the beginning of July. According to the Rep., the court presented “86 pages of facts” that showed Facebook and other social media outlets bent to pressure from federal agencies to hide or remove certain content.

The Judiciary Chair went on to tell Ingraham that Meta’s latest platform venture, Threads, is engaging in the same model of censorship that Facebook used. Jordan called it a “direct attack” on free speech and noted it is guaranteed under the First Amendment.

The Judiciary Committee’s investigation of Meta stretches back to the beginning of 2023 when House Republicans issued subpoenas to tech executives requesting they hand over documents relating to their communication with government officials.

Rep. Jordan has maintained throughout that Mark Zuckerberg has been less than forthcoming and has declined to turn over everything “the committee knows” his company is in possession of. Meta has insisted they have already provided all relevant documentation to Jordan’s committee, having previously turned over around 50,000 pages following the Judiciary’s request.

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