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Takeaways from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook, Twitter and Google

By Callum BorchersNovember 1 at 2:29 PM  Attorneys for tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google appeared on Capitol Hill for the second day in a row on Wednesday, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about their efforts to prevent Russian meddling in U.S. politics. The same firms answered questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

On the off chance that you didn’t spend three hours watching Wednesday’s hearing live, here are four takeaways to get you caught up:

Facebook, Twitter and Google agree that they could have done better in 2016  The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) demanded a yes-or-no answer to the following question from representatives of all three companies: “Are you satisfied with your platform’s response to foreign interference in the 2016 election?”

Google general counsel Kent Walker tried to dodge, at first. “We are constantly doing better,” he replied. Pressed by Wyden, he said, “We could have done more.”

“I’ll take that as a no,” Wyden said.     Twitter’s acting general counsel, Sean Edgett, was more direct. “No, we need to do more,” he answered.

“The same is true,” Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said.

Recall that Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg initially bristled at the suggestion that fake news on his platform could have influenced the presidential race. An admission that the network failed to adequately police content is no small thing.

Edgett got specific about one of Twitter’s shortcomings when he said that “when we approached Russia Today, last year, to talk about our advertising products and to sell them our advertising services, they were approached as a regular news organization, like the BBC or an NPR.”

“Do you consider RT to be a regular media organization?” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) asked.

“Obviously not now,” Edgett replied. Twitter announced last week that it would ban advertising by RT and Sputnik “based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government.”

 

Some senators are not convinced that the companies are doing enough now

As tech companies talk 2016, a key question may never be answered

Did meddling efforts reduce turnout enough to help Trump win?

By Philip Bump  •   Read more »

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