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

James Marshall
September 5, 2018

Investors were seemingly unimpressed by the execs' statements ー shares of Facebook, Twitter, and Dorsey's other company Square were all down along with the broader social media and tech space midday.

Trump told the conservative publication that social media companies had already interfered in the 2018 elections.

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

Dorsey will follow the Senate hearing with another hearing that could be politically more contentious - an appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee that will specifically address Twitter's "algorithms and content moderation".

The company's No. 2 executive says in prepared testimony ahead of a Senate intelligence committee hearing Wednesday that those adversaries include financially motivated troll farms and "sophisticated military intelligence operations".

Still, Sandberg says the company's overall understanding of the Russian activity in 2016 is limited "because we do not have access to the information or investigative tools" that the USA government has.

There might also be overall uncertainty about the future of Twitter, now that Dorsey has publicly said the company is fundamentally rethinking core parts of the business.

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.

Twitter does not operate on the basis of "political ideology", chief executive Jack Dorsey said Wednesday, rejecting claims of bias against conservatives. Only after CNN highlighted several tweets that clearly violated Twitter's TOS did the social media platform suspend Jones - and only for one week.

Dorsey was to appear later before a House committee amid complaints from Republicans that social media companies have shown evidence of bias against conservatives.

Trump faulted Twitter on July 26, without citing any evidence, for limiting the visibility of prominent Republicans through a practice known as shadow banning.

Instead, an empty chair, complete with a glass of water, joined Sandberg and Dorsey on the dais.

Google did publish "testimony" online, where Walker wrote that the company is "committed to working with Congress on these issues".

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