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Twitter's Dorsey dodges question on whether Trump's tweets are abusive

Twitter's Dorsey dodges question on whether Trump's tweets are abusive

Facebook and Twitter executives pledged on Wednesday to better protect their social media platforms in the 2018 elections and beyond, and told Congress of aggressive efforts to root out foreign intrusions aimed at sowing divisions in American democracy.

Senior company executives appeared before the Senate intelligence committee in Washington to address fears of misinformation campaigns being conducted in the USA midterm elections in November. "We did take way too many hours to act, and we are using that as a lesson to help improve our systems".

Dorsey, sporting a straggly beard, nose ring and open-collared shirt, insisted Twitter's monitoring has tightened, including notifying law enforcement last month of accounts that appeared to be located in Iran.

Dorsey replied that he wants to move Twitter "out of San Francisco" and more evenly distributed around the United States and the world.

"Clearly, this problem is not going away", Burr said.

"I'm disappointed Google decided against sending the right senior level executive", Sen.

Complaints about anti-conservative bias by tech platforms have been growing for some time.

Trump, in an interview with The Daily Caller also on Wednesday, reiterated this perspective, saying that he believed tech firms "already" had interfered with the 2016 and 2018 elections.

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Their stocks fell as the hearing progressed, with Twitter down 4.5% and Facebook around 1.2% lower.

Facebook came under fire for being at the forefront of Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Dorsey's testimony comes as some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are increasingly claiming that social media and other mainstream online platforms are innately biased against conservative voices. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET.

In a hearing on Wednesday, Representative Greg Walden, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Twitter had made "mistakes" that, he said, minimized Republicans presence on the social media site.

In late July, as WND reported, Twitter issued a statement maintaining it did not shadowban, the practice of reducing the reach and visibility of tweets without informing the user. "The actions we've taken in response - beginning with the steps Facebook's General Counsel, Colin Stretch, outlined to this Committee previous year - show our determination to do everything we can to stop this kind of interference from happening".

He said Twitter is committed to rooting out abusive activity and "hostile foreign influence".

The committee also asked Alphabet Inc's Google to testify, but declined an offer to send Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker rather than Alphabet Chief Executive Larry Page.


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