Justice Dept. to examine social media giants 'stifling' free speech

06 September, 2018, 06:24 | Author: Rickey Flowers
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Sheryl Sandberg will tell the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that Facebook was "too slow to spot" Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and "too slow to act", according to an opening statement the Facebook chief operating officer released Tuesday.

"We've removed hundreds of pages and accounts involved in coordinated inauthentic behaviour - meaning they misled others about who they were and what they were doing", Ms Sandberg told the committee. "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".

The suggestions of legal or regulatory action caught many tech industry observers by surprise and came as lawmakers were holding hearings on foreign influence campaigns on social media and "transparency".

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 company's Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker sent a written statement, promising to maintain efforts to thwart foreign interference in United States elections.

Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the committee, said in his opening remarks. "I'm not even sure it's trending in the right direction", he added.

Facebook has faced criticism for being a hotbed of misinformation during the 2016 election, with a large chunk of the content subsequently found to have been coming from Russian-backed troll farms.

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Trump told the conservative news outlet in an interview conducted on Tuesday that "I think they already have" interfered in the November 6 election.

Jones, who recently was banned by Twitter and other social media platforms, showed up at the Senate hearing, and before it began clashed in the hall with Sen.

Only Dorsey was invited to the House hearing after specific Republican concerns about bias on Twitter.

And some of President Trump's strongest GOP allies in the House - Reps. "If there's no allegation of a crime by the social media companies it's hard to understand the basis of a DoJ investigation".

Ahead of Wednesday's hearings, US President Donald Trump, without offering evidence, accused social media companies of interfering in the congressional elections, telling the Daily Caller conservative website that social media firms are "super liberal".

The companies have conveyed to the commission that all sponsored content in favour of a political party, political leader or candidate will flag the concerned sponsor and the amount paid for posting the content on Facebook, WhatsApp (owned by Facebook), Google or Twitter.

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