Facebook, Twitter execs to face lawmakers over foreign influence operations



Google too was to be present at this hearing, but the company did not send a senior executive.

Dorsey offered an explanation of how San Francisco-based Twitter uses "behavioral signals", such as the way accounts interact and behave on the service.

Twitter Inc. shares fell as much as 6.6% as Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, though it's unclear why the stock is down so much.

Top Google officials, including Larry Page, CEO of parent company Alphabet, and Sundar Pichai, CEO of the Google brand, declined invitations from congressional leaders to testify at the hearings. That scrutiny has led to additional criticism over the companies' respect for user privacy and whether conservatives are being censored - frustrations that are particularly heightened ahead of the midterms.

"I'm skeptical that, ultimately, you'll be able to truly address this challenge on your own", he told the hearing with Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. Warner has proposed ways that the companies could be regulated for the first time.

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Trump faulted Twitter on July 26, without citing any evidence, for limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans through a practice known as shadow banning. In her opening remarks, Facebook's Sandberg took responsibility on behalf of the company for their slow response to Russian interference in 2016. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said Google doesn't "understand the problem" if it doesn't want to work with the government to find solutions.

"Google and Twitter and Facebook, they're really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful".

The companies have made many policy changes, and have caught and banned malicious accounts over the past year.

The afternoon hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee will feature only Dorsey in a hearing focused on bias and the platform's algorithms. Earlier this year, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians behind the social media effort.

"Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules", Dorsey said in prepared testimony obtained by Fox News.

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