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US House panel hears from Facebook, Google and Twitter on security

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Top officials from Facebook, Google and Twitter were grilled by US lawmakers at a virtual hearing on foreign influence and election security, ahead of the November 3rd presidential contest.

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  • Facebook, Google and Twitter have been grilled by US lawmakers over foreign influence and election security
  • Leaders at Facebook and Twitter told the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee that they had not seen evidence of coordinated foreign interference
  • President Trump has accused social media companies of censorship

Leaders from Facebook and Twitter told the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee that they had not seen evidence of coordinated foreign interference in conversations about absentee voting or about recent protests on anti-racism and policing.

However, Twitter’s director of global public policy strategy and development Nick Pickles said the company had seen a shift from platform manipulation to public tweets from state media and government accounts.

Democratic Representative Jim Himes pressed Facebook’s head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher on what the company was doing to deal with worries that its algorithm promotes polarisation and anger. Gleicher said Facebook’s users did not want to see divisive content and the platform had refocused to emphasise content from friends and family.

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The debate over content moderation has intensified in recent weeks as Twitter and Facebook diverged on how to handle inflammatory posts by President Donald J Trump. Mr Trump, in turn, has accused social media companies of censorship and called for the government to roll back liability protections for tech platforms.

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