What to expect: Twitter CEO's testimony on transparency, accountability

What to expect: Twitter CEO's testimony on transparency, accountability

Technology titans face a grilling in Washington DC on Wednesday as executives testify in front of the US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on social media and election meddling.

"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.

"We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially", Dorsey will tell lawmakers Wednesday, according to a copy of his prepared remarks released in advance.

Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Inc.

In her testimony, Sandberg details ongoing efforts to take down material linked to the Russian agency, including the removal this year of 270 Facebook pages. Critics have accused Twitter of "shadowbanning" Republicans, or rendering their posts virtually invisible to most users through the use of algorithms.

"We were too slow to spot this and too slow to act", Sandberg said during the Senate hearing, addressing Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 USA presidential election.




Sandberg, in her opening statement, said Russian interference, "violated the values of our company, and of the country we love", and emphasized that Facebook is increasing its staffing to identify malicious actors.

"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 U.S. elections from foreign influence operations on social media platforms.

"At its best, Facebook plays a positive role in our democracy, enabling representatives to connect with their constituents, reminding people to register and to vote, and giving people a place to freely express their opinions about the issues that matter to them", Sandberg began.

But Sandberg - whose boss Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April, ducking questions about the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal - is expected to insist that tech firms can't do everything themselves.

Conservative Republicans in Congress have, however, criticized social media companies for what they say are politically motivated practices in removing some content, a charge the companies have repeatedly rejected. He cited Facebook and Google by name.

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