Facebook, Twitter to take part in US intelligence hearings on "Russian" case

Source : 112 Ukraine

Facebook and Twitter said they are cooperating with U.S. lawmakers in the investigation into Russia's interference with U.S. presidential elections
09:23, 5 October 2017

Facebook and Twitter agreed to testify at an upcoming Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference with the elections in 2016, the companies said Wednesday. This was reported by The Hill agency.

Both companies have already briefed House and Senate Intelligence Committees on their findings regarding Russian actors using their platforms to influence the presidential election.

Google was also invited to testify but has not confirmed whether it will send a representative to the hearing, which is scheduled for Nov. 1.

The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff(Calif.), says a Google briefing with his committee is "imminent," but has not shared a date. That committee plans to hold a hearing with the company in October but there is no set date.

Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday said they are proactively working with lawmakers to cooperate in their investigations.

"As we noted in our blog post last week, we are cooperating with these investigations in Russian interference in the 2016 election," a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

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"Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, and will continue to both work with the investigations and to share details of our findings with the public as we are able."

Facebook revealed last month that Russian linked groups spent $100,000 on election ads.

As it was reported earlier Facebook will give congressional investigators more than 3,000 ads bought by entities linked to the Russian government to sway the 2016 U.S. election, a capitulation to Washington lawmakers that have criticized the social network's role in Russian election meddling.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg also pledged Wednesday that his company would do everything it could to prevent "bad actors" from again using Facebook to manipulate voter sentiment during elections. He promised Facebook would make the origin of political ads more transparent to its users and it would take greater care in reviewing political ads.

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