Twitter CEO reportedly favored keeping Alex Jones and Richard Spencer on platform

Twitter CEO reportedly favored keeping Alex Jones and Richard Spencer on platform

Twitter CEO reportedly favored keeping Alex Jones and Richard Spencer on platform

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.

To kick off his opening statement, Dorsey picked up his phone and said he would be tweeting out his prepared testimony. "We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially".

Facebook and Twitter executives, defending their companies on Capitol Hill, said Wednesday they are aggressively trying to root out foreign interests seeking to sow divisions in American democracy as the November elections near. The hearing is part of an ongoing effort to address evidence of Russian meddling during the 2016 election cycle.

In prepared testimony released ahead of a House hearing Wednesday afternoon, Dorsey says his company does not use political ideology to make decisions, and aims to make as many voices heard as possible.

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

The company had said it would designate its senior vice president of global affair, Kent Walker, to attend the hearing (he's appeared previously before the panel).

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In a statement to HuffPost, Google said it's been diligent in briefing lawmakers on the political interference issue in the past.

"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.

But Sandberg - whose boss Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April, ducking questions about the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal - is expected to insist that tech firms can't do everything themselves.

Twitter does not operate on the basis of "political ideology", chief executive Jack Dorsey said Wednesday, rejecting claims of bias against conservatives.

"Google and Twitter and Facebook, they're really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful".

Last week Trump accused Google's search engine of promoting negative news articles and hiding "fair media" coverage of him, vowing to address the situation without providing evidence or giving details of action he might take.

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