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Democrats rebuke Twitter for 'frankly inadequate' response to Russian meddling


Several investigations into Russian influence in the election are under way. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Closed-door meetings in Washington follow similar briefings with Facebook
Twitter under pressure to reveal what it knows about Russian activity


Officials from Twitter were on Capitol Hill on Thursday to tell congressional investigators about Russia’s use of the social media platform to attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The closed-door hearing with House and Senate staff followed a similar briefing involving Facebook, which revealed earlier this month that it sold more than 3,000 election ads linked to a Russian agency.

The Senate and House intelligence committees are trying to understand the degree to which Russia and groups allied with the Kremlin may have used such platforms to spread fake news stories and misinformation – and what the companies could have done to stem such attacks.

The House committee announced on Wednesday that it plans an open hearing with the tech companies “in the coming month”. A Senate aide confirmed that Twitter, Facebook and Google’s parent company, Alphabet, have been invited to testify publicly on 1 November.


Democrats rebuke Twitter for 'frankly inadequate' response to Russian meddling
Today, September 29th 1:58am
from US news | The Guardian by Lauren Gambino in Washington

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