Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Twitter's Dorsey dodges question on whether Trump's tweets are abusive

Twitter's Dorsey dodges question on whether Trump's tweets are abusive

This morning, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg appeared before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss foreign interference, specifically from Russian Federation, in U.S. elections via social media.

Senior company executives appeared before the Senate intelligence committee in Washington to address fears of misinformation campaigns being conducted in the United States midterm elections in November.

Dorsey was responding to a question from California Representative Doris Matsui during a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing that focused on user privacy protections, misinformation, content moderation and alleged bias against political conservatives on Twitter.

Republican after Republican repetitively stated that they didn't believe Dorsey's denials that his social media company was biased against conservatives.

"From a simple business perspective and to serve the public conversation, Twitter is incentivized to keep all voices on the platform", Dorsey said.

"When bad actors try to use our site, we will block them", she said.

The committee also took a shot at Alphabet CEO Larry Page, who declined an invitation to appear, by leaving out an empty chair. All together, 74 percent of Facebook users say they have taken at least one of these three actions in the past year.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at the US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg at the US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing

Facing growing criticism from President Trump and GOP lawmakers that social media platforms favor liberals, Dorsey insisted Twitter is impartial.

Some Republicans have also charged social media companies with bias against Trump and other conservatives. "That's why it is incredibly important for the public to understand how precisely the companies' machine-learning algorithms shape what we see online and who we engage with online". "That's on us. This interference was completely unacceptable".

He said Twitter is committed to rooting out abusive activity and "hostile foreign influence". "It violated the values of our company and of the country we love", Sandberg said in her written statement, which Facebook shared with Fortune.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told a Congressional committee Wednesday that the social media company is exploring blockchain solutions for its platform.

The companies have conveyed to the commission that all sponsored content in favour of a political party, political leader or candidate will flag the concerned sponsor and the amount paid for posting the content on Facebook, WhatsApp (owned by Facebook), Google or Twitter.

"Google search results for "Trump News" shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media", Trump said on Twitter at 5:24 a.m.

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