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


In prepared testimony released Tuesday before a Senate hearing Wednesday, Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey says, "Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules".

Jack Dorsey, chief executive of Twitter, also acknowledged his company's past failures.

The hearing comes after Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, said last month that Russian Federation has continued to attempt the kinds of online influence operations it allegedly ran on the social platforms to spread false information and sow divisiveness ahead of the 2016 USA presidential election.

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He said Twitter is committed to rooting out abusive activity and "hostile foreign influence". "Maybe I did a better job because I'm good with the Twitter and I'm good at social media, but the truth is they were all on Hillary Clinton's side, and if you look at what was going on with Facebook and with Google and all of it, they were very much on her side".

Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will also face questions, mainly surrounding what her company has done to crack down on abuse and other forms of content created to mislead. The company sought to send its senior vice-president for global affairs, Kent Walker, but was rebuffed.

Another, more complex, issue may arise when Mr Dorsey testifies later in the afternoon in front of the House Energy.

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To kick off his opening statement, Dorsey picked up his phone and said he would be tweeting out his prepared testimony.

Some Republicans have also charged social media companies with bias against Trump and other conservatives. Some Republicans, including President Trump, have pushed the idea ahead of the elections that Twitter is "shadow banning" some in the GOP because of the ways search results have appeared. Instead, a spokesperson for the committee said they may just leave a chair empty next to Sandberg and Dorsey. Republican Senator Marco Rubio said the company might have skipped the hearing because it was "arrogant".

Google said Walker will be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, adding that company officials first informed the Senate committee that Walker would be Google's representative in July.

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