Twitter not based on ‘political ideology,’ CEO tells lawmakers

06 September, 2018, 13:47 | Author: Shannon Newton
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The announcement came after a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing involving top officials from Facebook and Twitter, and ahead of a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on alleged bias and lack of transparency, where Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified. "We were too slow to spot this and too slow to act", Sandberg told the panel.

Dorsey, sporting a straggly beard, nose ring and open-collared shirt, insisted Twitter's monitoring has tightened, including notifying law enforcement last month of accounts that appeared to be located in Iran.

"I'm disappointed Google decided against sending the right senior level executive", Sen.

Warner said social media companies were doing better at combating disinformation, but their efforts were insufficient. And I'm skeptical that, ultimately, you'll be able to truly address this challenge on your own.

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"Clearly, this problem is not going away", Burr said.

Conservatives say they're proponents of free speech and free markets, and while that doesn't mean they have to like the political biases of the people who run Twitter and Facebook, they should at least respect a private company's right to promote some views over others. He said that he hadn't personally apologized personally to the McCain family but plans to do so.

Social media giants Facebook, Google and Twitter will work with the Election Commission during the 2019 Lok Sabha election and the forthcoming state polls by monitoring political advertisements and publicity material on their platforms during the poll campaign and blocking fake news, and defamatory and objectionable content.

Trump, in an interview with The Daily Caller also on Wednesday, reiterated this perspective, saying that he believed tech firms "already" had interfered with the 2016 and 2018 elections.

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As reported by CoinDesk and other outlets, Twitter has been ground-zero for identity scams that seek to defraud users out of their cryptocurrency holdings.

Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said in his opening statement that Twitter took no political positions. Congress has criticized social media companies during the past year as it became clear they were on the front lines during Russia's interference in the 2016 elections and beyond. Twitter fixed the issue in late July.

Google declined to send its CEO or parent company Alphabet's CEO to testify. Republican Senator Marco Rubio said the company might have skipped the hearing because it was "arrogant".

Google did not to send a representative to Capitol Hill in person, instead choosing to submit written testimony. The company's Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker sent a written statement, promising to maintain efforts to thwart foreign interference in USA elections.

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