Facebook, Twitter defend efforts to stop election meddling
06 September, 2018, 01:20 | Author: Ron Miles
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee to answer questions about their platform's roles in the 2016 USA presidential election and any Russian interference in the democratic process via the social networks.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on a number of issues regarding the social media giant, including Republican complaints of alleged censorship of conservatives.
"Each of you have come a long way with respect to recognizing the threat", Senator Mark Warner, the committee's top-ranking Democrat, said. "It violated the values of our company and of the country we love", Sandberg said in her written statement, which Facebook shared with Fortune.
President Trump has repeatedly criticized Google, Facebook and Twitter in recent days, bashing the companies in a series of tweets and press conferences for allegedly exhibiting political bias against conservatives.
Warner said social media companies were doing better at combating disinformation, but their efforts were insufficient.
Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and Mark Meadows - were "shadow banned" this summer from Twitter when their names didn't automatically pop up when typing in the search box, they complained. "The actions we've taken in response - beginning with the steps Facebook's General Counsel, Colin Stretch, outlined to this Committee past year - show our determination to do everything we can to stop this kind of interference from happening".
Google had offered up its vice president of global affairs, Kent Walker, to testify before the committee, but lawmakers wanted Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet, Google's parent company.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged that the social media network failed to crack down on attempts from Russian Federation to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, according to AFP.
FILE PHOTO: Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board, attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, January 18, 2017. "And that's not possible right now", she said. Rosenberger, who testified before the same committee on foreign influence on social media last month, said she has "every expectation that [the hearing] will be serious from the lawmakers' side".
Google did release written "testimony" from Walker ahead of the hearing, even though he was not expected to appear.
A committee spokesperson said Walker's "commentary" was not testimony, adding, "We wish his enthusiasm for participating in the company's public hearing extended to his company's senior leadership, and that they were willing to answer the committee's questions".
Lawmakers also criticized Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google for refusing to send top executives to testify in the Senate on foreign efforts to influence US politics, with just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections.
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In one instance, members read from an email in which Steele wrote to Ohr that he wanted to discuss something with him informally. At the time of the 2016 presidential election, he was a high-ranking official in the deputy attorney general's office.
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