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Google heads into showdown with Congress after Senate panel rejects its witness

Google heads into showdown with Congress after Senate panel rejects its witness

Justice Department spokesman O'Malley said that the department had monitored a hearing of a Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, where Facebook and Twitter executives defended their companies before sceptical lawmakers.

Senators had sharp words for Alphabet CEO Larry Page, who oversees Google. Sen.

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The two execs faced a barrage of questions about what they were doing to prevent the manipulation of their platforms, whether the intent was to harass or to affect election results.

Dorsey said, "We acknowledge the real world, negative consequences of what happened and we take the full responsibility to fix".

"(We) found no statistically significant difference between the number of times a tweet by a Democrat is viewed versus a Republican, even after our ranking and filtering of tweets has been applied", Dorsey said.

"We have witnessed abuse, harassment, troll armies, manipulation through bots and human-coordination, misinformation campaigns, and increasingly divisive echo chambers. Worse, a relatively small number of bad-faith actors were able to game Twitter to have an outsized impact".

Trump has repeatedly claimed social media platforms are biased against Republicans and conservatives. In testimony released before that hearing, Dorsey denied that Twitter uses political ideology to make decisions.

Sandberg could also face questions related to concerns over Facebook users' privacy. In contrast, the bearded and tieless Dorsey, 41, was quiet but respectful in his answers.

The companies have laid out differing approaches in response to the Russian interference.

However, like Walden, Pallone acknowledged that Twitter's ability to spread information quickly has a dark side, and said it and other social media companies must do more to regain and maintain public trust.

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Earlier this year the company said it was taking aggressive measures to combat inauthentic accounts.

After the image was taken down, Domenech deleted his tweet at Dorsey but wrote in another tweet that he still wants Twitter to explain why it didn't take down the post sooner. Still, their business models - free services that rely on attracting as many users as possible for as long as possible and finding out as much about them as possible - remain the same, and that posed challenges.

Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the committee, said in his opening remarks.

"Clearly, this problem is not going away". Instead, a spokesperson for the committee said they may just leave a chair empty next to Sandberg and Dorsey.

It's both Dorsey and Sandberg's debut on Capitol Hill, and they're tasked with defending their companies and the sometimes malicious behavior that occurs on each medium. This may tie into accounts taken down due to abusive actions. The company's Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker sent a written statement, promising to maintain efforts to thwart foreign interference in USA elections.

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

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.

Outside the Senate hearing, right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones criticized tech firms for curbing his social media efforts.

Executives from Facebook and Twitter faced threats of legislative action from sceptical U.S. politicians today over what many members of Congress see as a failure to combat foreign efforts to influence United States politics.

He spoke with Dorsey about being an "equal opportunity shadow-banner" that isn't exclusively targeting Republicans and asked, "Twitter undertook no behavior to selectively censor conservative Republicans or conservative voices on your platform, is that correct?"

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