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Twitter not based on ‘political ideology,’ CEO tells lawmakers

06 September, 2018, 04:12 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Dorsey’s logic for keeping Alex Jones on Twitter is completely flawed

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorseyappeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee to answer questions on what steps their respective companies are taking.

"It is definitely a violation and we were slow to act", Dorsey said.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Wednesday that he is planning on apologizing to the McCain family after the social media platform took hours to remove a threatening image featuring Meghan McCain shortly after her father's death, he told a congressional committee on Wednesday. He added that Twitter has made progress on solutions to the problem, "like identification of many forms of manipulation intending to artificially amplify information, more transparency around who buys ads and how they are targeted, and challenging suspicious logins and account creation".

"We're shutting down fake accounts and reducing the spread of false news", Sandberg said.

"Unfortunately, what I described as a 'national security vulnerability, ' and 'unacceptable risk, ' back in November remains unaddressed", Senator Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, said.

"Blockchain is one that I think has a lot of untapped potential, specifically around distributed trust and distributed enforcement". The report gave no other details.

This acceptance of a large amount of responsibility generated enough reaction on, ironically, social media, that the Facebook COO became a trending topic on Twitter.


Executives from the companies, which have repeatedly denied political bias, have traveled to Washington several times to testify in Congress, including 10 hours of questioning of Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg over two days in April.

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

Republican after Republican repetitively stated that they didn't believe Dorsey's denials that his social media company was biased against conservatives.

Wednesday's hearings were attended by conspiracy theorists known as Trump supporters, who have dealt with bans on social media.

He says Twitter is committed to developing automated tools that would go all the way to deleting content even without an actual person making a complaint - which is the only way it takes down content now.

The news is the latest sign that the United States government, which has so far been reluctant to regulate internet companies, is scrutinising them more closely.

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