Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweets opening testimony during congressional hearing

Ruben Fields
Сентября 5, 2018

Technology titans face a grilling in Washington DC on Wednesday as executives testify in front of the US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on social media and election meddling. Instead, a spokesperson for the committee said they may just leave a chair empty next to Sandberg and Dorsey.

Facebook says it has removed hundreds of accounts and pages in recent months that seem to exist for no other reason other than spreading false information.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been looking into efforts to influence United States public opinion for more than a year, after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Kremlin-backed entities sought to boost Republican President Donald Trump's chances of winning the White House in 2016. "We were too slow to spot this and too slow to act".

"That's on us", she wrote. USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 campaign with the aim of tilting the election in Trump's favor, a finding that Moscow has denied. "It violated the values of our company and of the country we love".

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey poses during a photo shoot in Sydney, New South Wales.

"Twitter does not have the broad number of revenue drivers that Facebook has as far as messenger and Instagram, nor does it have the development infrastructure for new applications the way Facebook does, so that's why it is selling off more", Tigress Financial Partners analyst Ivan Feinseth said. And Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, ran the gauntlet of the House and Senate in April, following the revelations of the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting operation.

The Twitter CEO will be facing the US Congress in another session separate from the hearing with Google and Facebook executives. "We acknowledge the real-world negative consequences of what happened, and we take full responsibility to fix it".

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A spokesperson for Twitter declined to comment, but in past hearings Twitter officials have affirmed the gravity of the situation.

"The committee takes this issue very seriously, and we appreciate that Facebook and Twitter are represented here this morning with an equivalent and appropriate measure of seriousness", Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) jabbed in his opening statement.

The companies have made many policy changes, and have caught and banned malicious accounts over the past year.

Dorsey will follow the Senate hearing with another hearing that could be politically more contentious - an appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee that will specifically address Twitter's "algorithms and content moderation". Twitter denies that is happening.

"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.

"What I hope to see from the two executives who are appearing before the committee is a similar seriousness and transparency and a focus on recognizing that while they may have taken steps, this is an ongoing problem and much remains to be done", Rosenberger said.

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