Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweets opening testimony during congressional hearing

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweets opening testimony during congressional hearing

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweets opening testimony during congressional hearing

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg appeared at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday to answer questions about foreign interference on their platforms aimed at disrupting USA politics.

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.

"The objective of Twitter is to serve the public conversation, and we do not make value judgments on personal beliefs", Dorsey said in his remarks.

He cited Facebook and Google by name.

Google was accused of being "arrogant" today for refusing to send a top executive to a Senate hearing into the manipulation of social media.

This will be the first time Sandberg has publicly faced significant questioning about Facebook's role in the 2016 election.

Lawmakers also criticized Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google for refusing to send top executives to testify in the Senate on foreign efforts to influence us politics, with just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections.

In August, Twitter came under fire from its users and even from some employees for not joining numerous top social media platforms in banning Alex Jones. "Congress is going to have to take action here", he said.

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg says the company is getting better at finding and combating adversaries who try to use the platform.

"I'm skeptical that, ultimately, you'll be able to truly address this challenge on your own", he told the hearing with Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Dorsey meanwhile says Twitter has continued to identify accounts that may be linked to the same Russian internet agency in Mueller's indictment.

Dorsey said it was "unacceptable" that she was not told. 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.

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.

In the statement, a shorter version of which Sandberg will read Wednesday, Sandberg outlines steps Facebook is taking to prevent future foreign meddling in elections through its platform. Republicans control both the House and Senate and the elections will decide whether they keep their majorities. Google offered another executive instead, and the committee said no.

A committee spokesperson said Walker's "commentary" was not testimony, adding, "We wish his enthusiasm for participating in the company's public hearing extended to his company's senior leadership, and that they were willing to answer the committee's questions".

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