Twitter chief says was unprepared for 'weaponised' social media efforts

Twitter chief says was unprepared for 'weaponised' social media efforts

Twitter chief says was unprepared for 'weaponised' social media efforts

Their stocks fell as the hearing progressed, with Twitter down 4.5% and Facebook around 1.2% lower. Shares of other tech companies, including Alphabet GOOGL.O and Snap SNAP.N , were also down.

President Donald Trump's administration warned Wednesday of a possible legal crackdown on big technology companies over competition or political bias, in a bombshell announcement that came as social media executives were defending their policies before lawmakers.

Senators are outraged over online censorship, privacy invasion, secret data mining, fake news, hate speech, and disinformation warfare campaigns by foreign nations.

Senators scolded Google executives for not showing up to the hearings Wednesday.

"This is unacceptable." By the end of the hearing, as pointed out by the committee's chairman Rep. Walden (R-OR), the account responsible for those tweets had been removed.

He added, "I know our members have a series of hard questions about structural vulnerabilities on a number of Google's platforms we need answers for".

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are seated to testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on foreign influence operations on social media platforms on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018.

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"We were too slow to spot this and too slow to act", Sandberg told the panel. "We need to build algorithms to proactively look for when these things are occurring and take action". "That's why this conversation is important and why I'm here". Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress about Facebook's role in the 2016 election in April.

Sandburg said artificial intelligence and machine-on-machine technology is making it easier. Instead, a spokesperson for the committee said they may just leave a chair empty next to Sandberg and Dorsey.

Both said they're now working closely with the FBI's new election interference task force.

Some 43% of people think tech companies favour liberal over conservative viewpoints and 72% think it's likely that social media companies intentionally censor political viewpoints they find objectionable.

Dorsey said Twitter is now building technology that will allow it to identify posts that should be taken down.

A TechCrunch report adds some of the information that would be good to have would include how many instances of abuse happen on Twitter, the frequency of reporting and Twitter's speed and accuracy in responding to reports, as well as development of products useful in thwarting or taking down abusive tweets or accounts. "Period", he said. "Impartiality is our guiding principle".

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones held a press conference outside the Senate hearing room as the testimony began to criticize the social media companies for banning him and his website Infowars from their platforms.

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