Twitter's Dorsey dodges question on whether Trump's tweets are abusive

Twitter's Dorsey dodges question on whether Trump's tweets are abusive

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey are sworn-in for a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, Sept. 5, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Top Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc executives will defend their companies before USA lawmakers on Wednesday, with Facebook insisting it takes election interference seriously and Twitter denying its operations are influenced by politics.

In prepared remarks, Dorsey rejected claims that Twitter operates on the basis of political bias.

Dorsey said Twitter has stepped up its effort to protect what he called a "healthy public square" but that the challenges were daunting. "So how do we think these people who actually created the problem and created these issues and have not solved them up to date, are all of sudden going to transform and change and care about them and really make the huge changes necessary to create better conversations, more authenticity and less fake news?".

Democratic Party Senator Mark Warner said that he was skeptical that Facebook and Twitter would be able to address the problems of manipulation on their own.

Facebook has faced criticism for being a hotbed of misinformation during the 2016 election, with a large chunk of the content subsequently found to have been coming from Russian-backed troll farms. "That's why it is incredibly important for the public to understand how precisely the companies' machine-learning algorithms shape what we see online and who we engage with online".


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

"This interference was completely unacceptable".

Politico reported Tuesday Twitter said not even President Trump is immune from being kicked off the platform if his tweets cross a line with abusive behavior. The company's Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker sent a written statement, promising to maintain efforts to thwart foreign interference in U.S. elections.

Interfering in how companies like Google and Facebook present information would be a notable departure for the federal government, which has mostly taken a hands-off approach to the internet.

"We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially".

Sandberg is scheduled to appear before the lawmakers as a representative of Facebook alongside Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Wednesday morning.

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