Twitter chief says was unprepared for 'weaponised' social media efforts

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Top Facebook and Twitter executives told lawmakers Wednesday they had no immediate plans to enter China, which has blocked the US-based social networks.

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.

Google rejected requests to send its CEO Sundar Pichai or parent firm Alphabet chief Larry Page, but offered a writted statement from its chief legal officer Kent Walker.

The committee is likely to ask the technology executives about efforts to reduce disinformation on their sites, as well as steps taken to reduce the number of automated "bot" accounts.

Twitter's Dorsey was to follow his Senate testimony with an appearance at an afternoon hearing looking at that issue in the House of Representatives.

During that hearing, it's likely Dorsey will face questions about - and push back against - accusations of political bias against Republicans. "I'm not even sure it's trending in the right direction", he added.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been looking into efforts to influence USA public opinion for more than a year, after us intelligence agencies concluded that Kremlin-backed entities sought to boost Republican President Donald Trump's chances of winning the White House in 2016. Mark Warner, D-V.A., said in his opening remarks Wednesday morning.




Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Twitter's transparency and accountability. Congress has criticized social media companies during the past year as it became clear they were on the front lines during Russia's interference in the 2016 elections and beyond.

Trump faulted Twitter on July 26, without citing any evidence, for limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans through a practice known as shadow banning.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Wednesday that he is planning on apologizing to the McCain family after the social media platform took hours to remove a threatening image featuring Meghan McCain shortly after her father's death, he told a congressional committee on Wednesday.

Using Twitter, Trump has attacked companies like Amazon and Google, as well as private citizens like union leader Chuck Jones in 2016.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) suggested the company might have bailed because it was "arrogant", while Sen. "That's why it is incredibly important for the public to understand how precisely the companies' machine-learning algorithms shape what we see online and who we engage with online".

In a written statement, Google chief legal officer Kent Walker promised to maintain efforts to thwart foreign interference in United States elections.

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