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Laverne Mann
September 6, 2018

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee to answer questions about their platform's roles in the 2016 USA presidential election and any Russian interference in the democratic process via the social networks.

Twitter was "unprepared and ill-equipped" for the vast campaigns of manipulation that affected social media in the past few years, chief executive Jack Dorsey told lawmakers on Wednesday (Sep 5).

Many members of Congress fault social media platforms for failing to combat foreign efforts to influence us politics.

The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, has expressed a "growing concern" that social media companies may be "intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas" on their platforms, the Department of Justice confirmed on Wednesday.

Dorsey's testimony comes as some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are increasingly claiming that social media and other mainstream online platforms are innately biased against conservative voices.

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.

Dorsey also live-tweeted his opening statement.

Twitter Inc. shares fell as much as 6.6% as Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, though it's unclear why the stock is down so much.

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"Unfortunately, what I described as a 'national security vulnerability, ' and 'unacceptable risk, ' back in November remains unaddressed", Senator Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, said.

Politico reported Tuesday Twitter said not even President Trump is immune from being kicked off the platform if his tweets cross a line with abusive behavior.

Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will also face questions, mainly surrounding what her company has done to crack down on abuse and other forms of content created to mislead.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg faces questions about foreign interference in American elections.

Another, more complex, issue may arise when Mr Dorsey testifies later in the afternoon in front of the House Energy.

"Given its size and influence, I would have thought the leadership at Google would want to demonstrate how seriously it takes these challenges and to lead this important public discussion", Warner said in prepared remarks.

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

Twitter, Facebook and Google deny political bias, but they are all private companies with their own terms of service. "It violated the values of our company and of the country we love". Chief election commissioner O P Rawat told TOI that "EC's interactions with the three social media companies are complete".

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