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Facebook, Twitter defend efforts to stop election meddling

Posted: 11:14 PM, Sep 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 00:14:30-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the top social media companies are defending their efforts to root out foreign actors who want to damage the U.S. ahead of its midterm elections.

Twitter’s CEO and Facebook’s No. 2 executive are appearing Wednesday morning before the Senate’s intelligence committee to discuss foreign interference.

In prepared remarks, Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is addressing the problem but remains slow in spotting it. Sandberg says Facebook’s overall understanding of Russian activity in 2016 is limited because it doesn’t have access to the U.S. government’s information or investigative tools.

In a separate hearing before a House committee, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is expected to face Republicans who claim Twitter shows evidence of bias against conservatives. In prepared remarks, Dorsey says Twitter doesn’t use political ideology to make decisions.