This morning, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg appeared before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss foreign interference, specifically from Russian Federation, in U.S. elections via social media.
During a House committee hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Bobby Rush, a Democrat from IL, asked Jack Dorsey if the commander in chief's tweets violated the social network's terms of service.
Senators had sharp words for Alphabet CEO Larry Page, who oversees Google. Sen. Sandberg detailed Facebook's efforts to fight the problem with new technologies and manpower.
Dorsey, far less of a public figure than Sandberg, acknowledged that he is "typically pretty shy".
"We acknowledge that now, and are determined to find holistic and fair solutions".
Dorsey said the messaging service was set up to function as a "public square" but had failed to deal with "abuse, harassment, troll armies, propaganda through bots". "Worse, a relatively small number of bad-faith actors were able to game Twitter to have an outsized impact".
The Justice Department statement appeared to escalate a war between the administration and Silicon Valley after a series of attacks by Trump claiming tech firms were biased against conservatives.
Twitter's Dorsey, for his part, acknowledge during the Senate hearing that his business ー and perhaps democracy ー is at stake.
This will be the first time Sandberg has publicly faced significant questioning about Facebook's role in the 2016 election. In contrast, the bearded and tieless Dorsey, 41, was quiet but respectful in his answers. These views are more strongly held by Republicans, with 64% saying tech companies favour liberal views and 85% saying social media sites censor political viewpoints.More news: Trump blames Sessions as Republicans charged ahead of midterm elections
Sandburg said artificial intelligence and machine-on-machine technology is making it easier.
Earlier this year the company said it was taking aggressive measures to combat inauthentic accounts.
In late July, as WND reported, Twitter issued a statement maintaining it did not shadowban, the practice of reducing the reach and visibility of tweets without informing the user. Earlier this year Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before lawmakers in part to explain how the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users ended up in the hands of the United Kingdom -based data firm Cambridge Analytica.
Senator Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, said he expected the hearing would focus on solutions to the problem of foreign efforts to influence us elections and sow political discord, with a jab at Google.
"Clearly, this problem is not going away". "I'm not even sure it's trending in the right direction". This may tie into accounts taken down due to abusive actions.
Dorsey testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday afternoon on the social media platform's policies related to alleged bias.
President Donald Trump used Twitter on July 26 to fault the website, without evidence, for using so-called shadow banning, or limiting the visibility of, prominent Republicans. Twitter denies that's happening. Jones made an angry appearance outside the hearing room, telling reporters that he was there to "face my accusers".
Google did not to send a representative to Capitol Hill in person, instead choosing to submit written testimony.