Trump, without evidence, accuses social media companies of election meddling

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly stepped in to save Alex Jones Richard Spencer from bans

Both Dorsey and Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg have confirmed they will be in Washington for the Senate hearing September 5.

The Twitter CEO will be facing the US Congress in another session separate from the hearing with Google and Facebook executives. The committee invited Larry Page, the CEO of Google's parent company, Alphabet, but the company said it would send a lower-ranking executive instead. Follow the live blog below.

Executives from Facebook and Twitter are testifying before Congress on Wednesday in their latest attempt to assure lawmakers that they are capable of protecting the upcoming midterm elections from foreign interference - but the loudest message may have come from Google, which was represented by an empty chair. "It violated the values of our company and of the country we love". "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".

On Wednesday, September 5, at 1:30 pm EST (September 6, 1:30 am Manila time), Dorsey will discuss the social media platform's algorithms and the way it moderates its content. Sandberg also added that Facebook employs 20,000 security and safety personnel who work 24 hours a day.

"We are troubled by reports that the power of Twitter was misused by a foreign actor for the goal of influencing the USA presidential election and undermining public faith in the democratic process", Twitter General Counsel Sean Edgett told the committee November 2017. 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. "We are learning from what happened, and we are improving".

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As for Anderson, the woman who accused him of assault declined to be interviewed by investigators, the declination stated. Seagal is still under scrutiny for another alleged sexual assault , although the details of the accusation are unclear.

The companies have made many policy changes, and have caught and banned malicious accounts over the past year. "We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially".

President Donald Trump has accused Silicon Valley companies of liberal bias and suppression of conservative voices.

"You don't understand the problem if you don't see this as a large effort from whole of government and the private sector", Burr told reporters at the Senate.

In the statement, a shorter version of which Sandberg will read Wednesday, Sandberg outlines steps Facebook is taking to prevent future foreign meddling in elections through its platform.

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