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Tech giant to testify about the election interference
Capitol Hill will hear it, as a trump zeros in on social media platforms as a new “fake news” and accuses you of trying to control what Americans see, read and learn online. Gillian Turner has the story for ” Special report.’
Facebook and Twitter executives, mea culpas issued on Wednesday for the failure at the root of the Russian interference in the election of 2016, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said it was “totally unacceptable”, and promises to keep cracking down on bad actors.
“We were too slow to find this, and to act slowly. This is on us,” she said in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. “This intervention was totally unacceptable.”
Facebook, in particular, came under fire for the at the top of the Russian interference in the election of 2016, as the actors set up fake Facebook groups, organized protests, and to spread memes as part of efforts to disrupt the election.
Three of the ten Russians were charged, the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller, to disturb earlier this year on charges of conspiracy to weigh in on the elections by creating fake social media accounts and stirring up political Affairs.
Democrats seized on the revelations in question, the result of the elections, and have repeatedly expressed, to act is all the rage on social media platforms for the failure.
Sandberg said that the company measures in the elimination of the interference, fake accounts and misuse. In the fight against the “fake news,” she said of the article a rating, as a wrong third-party fact stones that are downgraded, and those who share them warned about you. You said section, the company had doubled its integrity and safety, to combat the bad actor.
“Let me be clear: we are more determined than our opponents and we will continue to fight. When bad actors try on our side, we will block them if the content violates our policies, we take it down, and if our opponents are using new techniques, we will exchange them as we strengthen our common efforts.
“Everyone here knows that this is an arms race and that means that we must always be vigilance.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted a small number of actors were able to “game, Twitter” for an oversized effect.
“We recognize the real world, the negative consequences of what happened, and take full responsibility to fix it,” he said.
The legislator praised Sandberg and Dorsey for the show and help be part of the solution, and expressed disappointment that Alphabet (Google-parent company) CEO Larry Page show up to the hearing. Side seat at the hearing was blank.
The legislator praised the company for the work you have done, since 2016, upping your policy and the elimination of bad actors, but said more work was to be done. While the Democrats focused on the Russian interference, the Republican also drew attention to the alleged bias of Silicon Valley platforms.
Chairman Richard Burr, R-N. C., praised their work in a variety of foreign actors last month to drive and also warned of the danger from Iran. Facebook announced last month that it had links removed, 652 pages, groups and accounts in Iran for “coordinated inauthentic behavior”
But Burr also warned that the large social media platforms are open, “corruption and abuse.”
“The information disseminated by your platform changes minds, hardens opinions helps people make sense of the world. If you control or influence that a little, you are said to win in positions in wars without a single shot,” Burr.
“You, as the Federal government, the were caught flat-footed by the outrageous attacks on our choice. Even after the election, they were reluctant to admit it, it was a problem,” he said.
Republicans were more conservative, focused on the alleged censorship or “shadow banning”, especially on Twitter. Twitter has repeatedly denied shadowbans, namely, examples of which were uncovered, were a part of the algorithm, the glitch that was since fixed.
President Trump weighed when companies promised not in the past, over alleged censorship and has to act.
“Social Media is totally discriminatory against a Republican/Conservative votes. You speak loud and clear for the Trump management, we will not let that happen,” he tweeted last month. “Close the opinions of many people on the RIGHT side to do while at the same time, not for the other.”
Social Media is totally discriminatory against a Republican/Conservative votes. You speak loud and clear for the Trump management, we will not allow that to happen. Close the opinions of many people on the RIGHT side to do while at the same time, nothing for other…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018
Democrats, however, focused on what they see as the continuing threat from Russia. Vice-Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., said: “it is obvious that serious mistakes have been made, both Facebook and Twitter.”
He said that while there were positive measures by the company, but warned, “the Russians are always better than good,” and agreed with Burr that other actors, such as Iran, with the Russians playbook.
While the Republicans were cautious about the possible regulation of social media companies, Democrats seemed much more gung-ho.
“The era of the Wild West in the social media will come to an end,” Warner, who has proposed a set of rules, said. “Where do we go from here, however, is an open question.”
Dorsey appears House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday afternoon focused on the alleged bias, and Twitter algorithms.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Adam Shaw is a reporter covering the American and European politics for Fox News.. He can be reached.