Senate Intel saves seat for McCain at hearing

Senate Intel saves seat for McCain at hearing

Senate Intel saves seat for McCain at hearing

We aren't proud of how that free and open exchange has been weaponized and used to distract and divide people, and our nation.

Dorsey will testify on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

"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 USA elections from foreign influence operations on social media platforms.

The search giant offered to send chief legal officer Kent Walker in lieu of chief executive Sundar Pichai but was shot down, so neither will attend.

"We were too slow to spot this and too slow to act", Sandberg told the committee in her opening statement. "However, we've also seen what can happen when our service is abused".

Twitter does not operate on the basis of "political ideology", chief executive Jack Dorsey said Wednesday, rejecting claims of bias against conservatives. "Congress is going to have to take action here", Warner said.

The committee also took a shot at Alphabet CEO Larry Page, who declined an invitation to appear, by leaving out an empty chair.

The Twitter CEO will be facing the US Congress in another session separate from the hearing with Google and Facebook executives.

"Unfortunately, what I described as a 'national security vulnerability, ' and 'unacceptable risk, ' back in November remains unaddressed", Senator Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, said. Walker said in his statement that the company was taking the issue of foreign interference in politics very seriously.

The hearing before the Senate intelligence committee is the latest in a series of efforts by lawmakers to rebalance the scales of power between Washington DC and Silicon Valley.

Top executives from social media behemoths Facebook and Twitter are set to testify Wednesday before lawmakers about the ongoing threat of foreign influence operations on their platforms, as the shadow of possible Russian interference looms over the 2018 midterm elections. Earlier this year Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before lawmakers in part to explain how the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users ended up in the hands of the United Kingdom -based data firm Cambridge Analytica.

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

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