US Congress worried about the threat of new foreign interference in the presidential election
Senior officials from Facebook, Google and Twitter met with US lawmakers on Thursday in a virtual hearing on foreign interference attempts in the November 3 presidential election..
Executives from Facebook and Twitter told the House Intelligence Committee that they found no evidence of coordinated foreign interference in absentee voting or online discussions of recent mass protests against racism and police abuse in the United States..
However, Twitter’s director of global strategy and development Nick Pickles said that the social network is facing a situation of transition from platform manipulation to public tweets, which are made from government accounts and accounts and state media..
Democratic Party spokesman Jim Himes drew the attention of Facebook head of security Nathaniel Gleicher to the need for his company to confront the threat of foreign interference in order to polarize American society..
“If every American home today, it seems to me, is full of toxic, explosive gas, then all it takes is a match from Russia, Iran, North Korea or China to start a fire,” said Hymes.
Gleicher said that many Facebook users do not want to see controversial content and that the platform has refocused on content that relates to users’ families and friends..
Debate over content moderation has intensified in recent weeks. Twitter and Facebook disagree on how to handle President Donald Trump’s provocative posts.
Earlier, Trump, in turn, accused social networks of censorship and called on the government to remove the liability protections used by technology platforms..
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