Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Technology | By Nina Perez

Twitter CEO Involved in Alex Jones, Richard Spencer Decisions

Twitter CEO Involved in Alex Jones, Richard Spencer Decisions

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg appeared at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday to answer questions about foreign interference on their platforms aimed at disrupting USA politics.

Twitter does not operate on the basis of "political ideology", chief executive Jack Dorsey said Wednesday, rejecting claims of bias against conservatives.

Senate Intelligence has been looking into Russian efforts to influence USA public opinion throughout Trump's presidency, after US intelligence agencies concluded that Kremlin-backed entities sought to boost his chances of winning the White House in 2016.

At the start of the hearing Senator Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, said the companies were not doing enough to stop the flow of foreign influence and threatened Congressional action. "We acknowledge the real-world negative consequences of what happened, and we take full responsibility to fix it".

In August, Twitter came under fire from its users and even from some employees for not joining numerous top social media platforms in banning Alex Jones.

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, personally intervened to allow Infowars' Alex Jones and white nationalist Richard Spencer to keep their accounts on the social media network, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Twitter isn't biased for or against any type of partisan but is working on ways to raise the level of debate on its platform, the company's CEO will tell a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C., today.

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The testimony comes as some Republicans say conservatives have been censored on social media.

Dorsey will appear before the US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee after Republicans raised concerns about how the social media platform polices content.

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.

Many senators expressed anger at Google, which was represented in the hearing room by an empty chair next to Sandberg.

In a statement to HuffPost, Google said it's been diligent in briefing lawmakers on the political interference issue in the past.

To kick off his opening statement, Dorsey picked up his phone and said he would be tweeting out his prepared testimony. "It violated the values of our company and of the country we love".

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