Trump, without evidence, accuses social media companies of election meddling

06 September, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Larry Hoffman
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"Clearly this problem is not going away; I'm not even sure it's trending in the right direction", Burr said of the threat to United States elections from foreign influence operations on social media platforms.

Twitter does not operate on the basis of "political ideology", chief executive Jack Dorsey said Wednesday, rejecting claims of bias against conservatives.

Absent from the Senate's questioning was Google.

Google's offer to send a less senior executive was turned down by the committee and Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida, suggested that their...

In the Senate, both Burr and the committee's Democratic vice chairman, Senator Mark Warner, said they called Wednesday's hearing to press the social media companies to do more.

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Walker nevertheless submitted written testimony to the committee about actions Google is taking on foreign actors trying to manipulate its platform.

The news is the latest sign that the USA government, which has so far been reluctant to regulate internet companies, is scrutinising them more closely.

"We're extremely proud of helping to increase the accessibility and velocity of a simple, free and open exchange", Dorsey said.

"We're shutting down fake accounts and reducing the spread of false news", Sandberg said.

The search giant hastaken heat recently over reports of its considering introducing a Chinese search engine that would comply with that government's censorship laws.

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"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. "The era of the Wild West in social media is coming to an end". Google says it continues to use "advanced technologies" to increase security and fight manipulation on its platforms. The measure has not advanced in the chamber.

In July and August, the three tech companies disclosed new batches of fake accounts established by Russians, Iranians and other yet-to-be-identified groups that allegedly attempted to influence USA politics ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

On Wednesday, September 5, at 1:30 pm EST (September 6, 1:30 am Manila time), Dorsey will discuss the social media platform's algorithms and the way it moderates its content.

"We fixed it", Dorsey said.

The Senate hearing focused primarily on the use of social media by Russian Federation and other foreign actors in the 2016 election, with executives promising to do more to combat such meddling in the future.

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"You are literally like a little gangster thug", Jones said to Rubio at one point.

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