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Google, Facebook, Twitter to block fake news

Google, Facebook, Twitter to block fake news

Larry Page, CEO of Google parent company Alphabet, opted not to join his peers - Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey - at election security hearings before the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday, sparking the committee members' bipartisan wrath.

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.

"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 testimony obtained by Fox News. While the tweets were clearly prepared to go beforehand, this is the first time someone live-tweeted their testimony from the hot seat at a congressional hearing.

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

Google declined to send a top executive, so the company's absence is marked by a glass of water and empty chair in the hearing room.

Senator Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, said he expected the hearing would focus on solutions to the problem of foreign efforts to influence USA elections and sow political discord, with a jab at Google.

"My view is personal data is now the weapon of choice for political influence campaigns and we must not make it easier for our adversaries to seize these weapons and use them against us", Wyden said while discussing ways Congress can assist in this issue. "We were too slow to spot this and too slow to act", Sandberg told the panel.

Donald Trump Refuses to Answer McCain Questions In White House
Brit Hume called out the tweet, which says: "My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain ". Instead, Trump issued a brief statement on Twitter Saturday night, that did not mention any of McCain's accomplishments.

"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 USA technology giants.

Dorsey said Twitter has continued to identify accounts that may be linked to the same Russian internet agency as identified in Mueller's indictment. "That is on us", she said.

Prior to the hearing, President Donald Trump in an interview with the Daily Caller accused social media companies of interfering in the US mid-term elections in November, without appearing to offer any evidence.

Trump told the conservative news outlet in an interview conducted on Tuesday that "I think they already have" interfered in the November 6 election. Rosenberger, who testified before the same committee on foreign influence on social media last month, said she has "every expectation that [the hearing] will be serious from the lawmakers' side".

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said the company might have skipped the hearing because it was "arrogant".

The company had said it would designate its senior vice president of global affair, Kent Walker, to attend the hearing (he's appeared previously before the panel).

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