What to expect: Twitter CEO's testimony on transparency, accountability

What to expect: Twitter CEO's testimony on transparency, accountability

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.

President Donald Trump used Twitter on July 26 to fault the website, without evidence, for using so-called shadow banning, or limiting the visibility of, prominent Republicans.

Dorsey offered an explanation of how San Francisco-based Twitter uses "behavioral signals", such as the way accounts interact and behave on the service.

Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding efforts to identify and prevent efforts by foreign governments to spread false information on the platforms.

The committee chairman, Sen.

"I'm deeply disappointed that Google - one of the most influential digital platforms in the world - chose not to send its own top corporate leadership to engage this committee", said Warner. While Burr said he believes Facebook and Twitter do understand the problem, it took both companies several months past year to acknowledge they had been manipulated.

Earlier this year the company said it was taking aggressive measures to combat inauthentic accounts. Still, their business models - free services that rely on attracting as many users as possible for as long as possible and finding out as much about them as possible - remain the same. "We were too slow to spot this and too slow to act". Thirteen Russians were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller this year on charges of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 USA presidential election by creating fake accounts that pushed divisive issues on social media. He said Twitter has so far suspended 3,843 accounts the company believes are linked to the agency, and has seen recent activity.

To kick off his opening statement, Dorsey picked up his phone and said he would be tweeting out his prepared testimony.

The afternoon hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Committee will feature only Dorsey in a hearing focused on bias and the platform's algorithms. Shares of other tech companies, including Alphabet (GOOGL.O) and Snap (SNAP.N), were also down.

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