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Twitter, Facebook executives testify in U.S. Senate at Russia's interference hearing

Google representatives refused to be present at the hearing
15:09, 6 September 2018

Reuters

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey testified at the Senate Intelligence Committee on the measures the social networks take to resist foreign interference, as Reuters reports.

“We deleted hundreds of pages and profiles suspected of conducting coordinated subversive campaigns. They were deceiving the others concerning who they were and what they did,” Sandberg said.

“Recently we failed our intended impartiality. Our algorithms were unfairly filtering 600,000 accounts, including some members of Congress, from our search auto-complete and latest results. We fixed it,” Dorsey noted.

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Yet, the Congress members regard social networks incapable of counterworking foreign influence on the U.S. politics.

“I’m skeptical that, ultimately, you’ll be able to truly address this challenge on your own. Congress is going to have to take action here,” Senator Mark Warner said.

The hearing was interrupted by the protester who broke in and screamed that Dorsey from Twitter was lying “accusing him of banning conservatives and saying Twitter was going to help Democrats “steal” the November elections”.

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“Ahead of Wednesday’s hearings, Trump, without offering evidence, accused social media companies of interfering in the November elections, telling the Daily Caller conservative website that social media firms are “super liberal”,” the news agency reads.

Sandberg and Dorsey deny Trump’s accusations. They stated that political preferences and parties do not play any role in the work of the social networks.

Many senators expressed anger that Google representatives refused to be present at the hearing.

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"Republican Senator Marco Rubio said the company might have skipped the hearing because it was “arrogant”,” Reuters reports.

It was noted that due to the hearing, the shares of the companies decreased: Twitter’s by 5,7% and Facebook’s by 2,45%.

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