Google A No-Show As Facebook, Twitter Executives Testify To Senate Panel

Google A No-Show As Facebook, Twitter Executives Testify To Senate Panel

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, personally intervened to allow Infowars' Alex Jones and white nationalist Richard Spencer to keep their accounts on the social media network, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Before the hearing, President Donald Trump, without offering evidence, accused the companies themselves of interfering in the upcoming US mid-term elections, telling the Daily Caller that social media firms are "super liberal".

But no executive from Alphabet's Google is expected to testify, after the company declined the Senate Intelligence Committee's request to send one of its most senior executives, frustrating lawmakers. Follow the live blog below.

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. Lawyers for Facebook, Google and Twitter were grilled by senators over the course of two days last October, after the extent of the Russian social media influence operation was revealed.

Over the a year ago, Facebook and Twitter have each launched public campaigns (and some not so public) to fight back against "inauthentic" accounts believed to be linked not only to Russian Federation, but to other malicious actors like Iran.

The company is getting better at finding and removing "inauthentic" content and now has more than 20,000 people working on safety and security, she said.


At the start of the hearing Senator Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, said the companies were not doing enough to stop the flow of foreign influence and threatened Congressional action.

The later hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee was to focus on bias and Twitter's algorithms.

"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 remarks to a congressional hearing with United States technology giants. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress about Facebook's role in the 2016 election in April.

"We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially", Dorsey will tell lawmakers Wednesday, according to a copy of his prepared remarks released in advance.

President Donald Trump has accused Silicon Valley companies of liberal bias and suppression of conservative voices.

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