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Facebook admits slow reaction to Russia’s interference into U.S. election

A lot of Senate members find the social network unable to resist the foreign influence on the U.S. policy
14:19, 6 September 2018

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Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg admitted at the hearing of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee that the social network was not ready to resist the attempts of Russia to interfere the presidential election in 2016 as Reuters reported.

“The company was too slow to respond to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election and general American political discourse,” Sandberg said.

Related: Trump fires White House lawyer due to interference in Russian presidential elections

However, she emphasized that now the social network works better.

“We deleted hundreds of pages and accounts suspected in the holding of the coordinated destructive campaigns. They misled other in what they were doing,” she said.

Related: U.S. concerns about interference to election by Russia, China, DPRK, Iran

Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey also testified at the Senate. The Google representatives refused to appear at the hearing. According to one of the Senators, the company behaved “arrogantly”.

As we reported Dan Coats, director of National intelligence of the US commented the meeting of Trump and Putin, claiming that the intelligence has made clear on the interference of Russia in the American election.

Related: US Senate offers Assange to testify about Russia's interference in US elections

Earlier Russian Foreign Ministry commented the decision of Robert Mueller, the U.S. Special Counsel, to press charges against 12 Russian military intelligence officers. According to the representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, the aim of these accusations is to spoil the atmosphere before the Russia-USA Summit.

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