Google A No-Show As Facebook, Twitter Executives Testify To Senate Panel

Noel Cummings
September 5, 2018

Google, however, risks having an empty chair at the hearing after cofounder Larry Page declined to appear.

"What is under attack is the idea that business as usual is good enough", Burr said in his opening statement.

Dorsey will then participate in a second hearing Wednesday afternoon before the House Energy & Commerce Committee, where he is set to discuss the algorithms Twitter uses to serve content on users' Twitter feeds and "content monitoring".

Sandberg, in her prepared remarks, detailed how Facebook was addressing the problem but reiterated that the company was slow to spot it.

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From his Twitter account, Dorsey tweeted out 16 separate threaded tweets with the text to his statement that was read aloud to the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Where we go from here now is an open question". "We believe people will learn faster by being exposed to a wide range of opinions and ideas, and it helps to make our nation, and the world, feel a little bit smaller".

"We found ourselves unprepared and ill-equipped for the immensity of the problems we've acknowledged", he testified.

Rosenberger, who testified before the same committee on foreign influence on social media last month, said she has "every expectation that [the hearing] will be serious from the lawmakers' side".

Only Dorsey was invited to the House hearing after specific Republican concerns about bias on Twitter. Some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have pushed the idea that Twitter is "shadow banning" some in the GOP because of the ways search results have appeared. Twitter has been accused by some of suppressing conservative voices on the platform - which the company denied in July.

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"I'm skeptical that, ultimately, you'll be able to truly address this challenge on your own", he told the hearing with Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. Earlier this year, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians behind the social media effort. "It violated the values of our company and of the country we love".

"Twitter does not have the broad number of revenue drivers that Facebook has as far as messenger and Instagram, nor does it have the development infrastructure for new applications the way Facebook does, so that's why it is selling off more", Tigress Financial Partners analyst Ivan Feinseth said.

Dorsey said Twitter has continued to identify accounts that may be linked to the same Russian internet agency as identified in Mueller's indictment.

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