Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Twitter not based on ‘political ideology,’ CEO tells lawmakers

Twitter not based on ‘political ideology,’ CEO tells lawmakers

"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. "We acknowledge the real-world negative consequences of what happened, and we take full responsibility to fix it".

The company's No. 2 executive says in prepared testimony ahead of a Senate intelligence committee hearing Wednesday that those adversaries include financially motivated troll farms and "sophisticated military intelligence operations".

During that hearing, it's likely Dorsey will face questions about - and push back against - accusations of political bias against Republicans.

While the committee invited either Google CEO Sundar Pichai or Alphabet's Larry Page to testify, the company declined to send either of its top executives.

Facebook and Twitter executives, defending their companies on Capitol Hill, said Wednesday they are aggressively trying to root out foreign interests seeking to sow divisions in American democracy as the November elections near.

"Maybe I did a better job because I'm good with the Twitter and I'm good at social media, but the truth is they were all on Hillary Clinton's side, and if you look at what was going on with Facebook and with Google and all of it, they were very much on her side", Trump told the Caller.

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To address the concerns, Dorsey offers an explanation of how Twitter uses "behavioral signals", such as the way accounts interact and behave on the service.

"We were too slow to spot this and too slow to act", Sandberg told the committee in her opening statement.

This will be the first time Sandberg has publicly faced significant questioning about Facebook's role in the 2016 election.

Twitter's Dorsey also will testify at a House of Representatives hearing on Wednesday that the company "does not use political ideology to make any decisions", according to written testimony also made public on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump used Twitter on July 26 to fault the website, without evidence, for using so-called shadow banning, or limiting the visibility of, prominent Republicans. Thirteen Russians were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller this year on charges of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 USA presidential election by creating fake accounts that pushed divisive issues on social media.

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