What Sheryl Sandberg will tell Congress about Facebook and Russian Federation

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Twitter and Facebook shares fell during the hearings.

Interfering in how companies like Google and Facebook present information would be a notable departure for the federal government, which has mostly taken a hands-off approach to the internet.

"As [Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)] has noted, 'Nothing less than the integrity of our democratic institutions, processes and ideals is at stake.' We agree, and we are determined to meet this challenge".

He added, "I know our members have a series of hard questions about structural vulnerabilities on a number of Google's platforms we need answers for".

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Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey are sworn-in for a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence operations' use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, Sept. 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. "We did take way too many hours to act, and we are using that as a lesson to help improve our systems". Dorsey said that action was a mistake, which was corrected, and prompted an apology from Twitter. "That's why this conversation is important and why I'm here".

The companies have made many policy changes, and have caught and banned malicious accounts over the past year.

Trump told the conservative outlet in an interview conducted on Tuesday that "I think they already have" interfered in the November 6 election. However, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told the committee that the company was continuing to fight misinformation, fake news, and foreign interference. "We fixed it", Dorsey said.

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He spoke with Dorsey about being an "equal opportunity shadow-banner" that isn't exclusively targeting Republicans and asked, "Twitter undertook no behavior to selectively censor conservative Republicans or conservative voices on your platform, is that correct?"

In response to Rush's question, Dorsey took a different tone.

Dorsey said, "Our algorithms were unfairly filtering over 600,000 accounts, including some members of Congress from our search auto-complete and latest results".

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He added: "And we're thwarting over a half million accounts from logging in to Twitter every day". "Period. Impartiality is our guiding principle".

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