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Twitter CEO to defend company before Congress against bias claims

06 September, 2018, 01:14 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
  • Twitter CEO to defend company before Congress against bias claims

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who testified alongside Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, acknowledged that the company was too slow to respond to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 US election, but insisted it is doing better.

And Dorsey said Twitter was "unprepared and ill-equipped" to defend users against nefarious actors that have gamed the platform's services.

Google won't have an executive testifying alongside Twitter and Facebook before a Senate intelligence committee hearing Wednesday.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said the company might have skipped the hearing because it was "arrogant". The committee wanted Larry Page, the Chief Executive Officer of Google's parent company Alphabet, to testify as well, but the company insisted on sending a lower-level official, drawing the lawmakers' ire.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey are expected to answer questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee starting at 9:30 a.m. "It violated the values of our company and of the country we love". "Period. Impartiality is our guiding principle", Dorsey told the panel.

In one instance, Facebook was found to be sharing personal information with smartphone manufacturers and Chinese companies such as ZTE.

During a separate line of questioning from Sen.

Google said Walker would be in Washington on Wednesday and be available to meet with lawmakers.


The search giant hastaken heat recently over reports of its considering introducing a Chinese search engine that would comply with that government's censorship laws.

Over the previous year, Facebook and Twitter have each launched public campaigns (and some not so public) to fight back against "inauthentic" accounts believed to be linked not only to Russian Federation, but to other malicious actors like Iran. "Congress is going to have to take action here", he said. Robert Warner (D., Va.) told the leaders, "The era of the wild west in social media is coming to an end".

"We've learned from 2016 [US presidential polls] and more recently from other nation's elections how to help protect the integrity of our elections", Dorsey said. The measure has not advanced in the chamber.

In the Senate, both Burr and Warner pressed the social media companies to do more.

Congress has sharply criticized the social media companies over the past year as it has become clear that they were at the forefront of Russia's interference in the 2016 elections and beyond.

Sandberg and Dorsey both agreed with Wyden that the issue should be viewed as a top national security priority.

Sandberg, in her prepared remarks, detailed how Facebook was addressing the problem but reiterated that the company was slow to spot it.

The testimony comes as some Republicans say conservatives have been censored on social media.

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