What Sheryl Sandberg will tell Congress about Facebook and Russian Federation

What Sheryl Sandberg will tell Congress about Facebook and Russian Federation

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. Follow the live blog below.

"We've learned from 2016 [US presidential polls] and more recently from other nation's elections how to help protect the integrity of our elections", Dorsey said.

Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey on Wednesday told United States legislators that the social media network was "unprepared and ill-equipped" for the misinformation campaigns that have plagued it for the last few years.

Dorsey will then participate in a second hearing Wednesday afternoon before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, where he is set to discuss the algorithms Twitter uses to serve content on users' Twitter feeds and "content monitoring".

Facing growing criticism from President Trump and GOP lawmakers that social media platforms favor liberals, Dorsey insisted Twitter is impartial.

"It is definitely a violation and we were slow to act", Dorsey said.




"We're now removing over 200% more accounts for violating our policies", the Twitter CEO added.

But Mr Joe Barton, a Republican from Texas, told Mr Dorsey: "We wouldn't be having this discussion if there wasn't a general agreement that your company had discriminated against conservatives".

Conservative Republicans in Congress have criticized social media companies for what they say are politically motivated practices in removing some content, a charge the companies have repeatedly rejected. "That's on us. This interference was completely unacceptable".

Facebook, she said, is "investing heavily in people and technology to keep our community safe and keep our service secure", including doubling the number of people working on safety and security issues to 20,000.

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. Twitter has been accused by some of suppressing conservative voices on the platform - which the company denied in July.

Committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, and vice chairman Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, both expressed their "disappointment" that Google declined to send what they called an appropriately senior level official. He contends top-down regulation doesn't make sense "as long as we're transparent around what's guiding our decisions and enforcement, that we show willingness to evolve the rules as circumstances evolve".

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