Senators demand more action from tech firms on Russian election meddling

02 November, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Carmen Reese
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Senator Angus King issued a simple admonishment to the lawyers representing Facebook, Google and Twitter at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian meddling with social media during the 2016 presidential election.

The House intelligence committee is only releasing a sampling of the more than 3,000 ads that Facebook has turned over to the panel.

"Ironically, one person who attended stated, 'The Heart of Texas promoted this event, but we didn't see one of them, '" Burr added.

"I went home last night with profound disappointment". "I wish that your CEOs would be here". She suggests it will be hard for the company to monitor for ads from Russian Federation that try to stoke racial tensions if employees at the company aren't diverse.

Just before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a Russian-backed group with 217,000 Facebook followers posted an illustration that depicted Hillary Clinton as a devil fighting Jesus.

King, who called Russia's influence online a "sophisticated worldwide strategy", used information compiled by Alliance for Securing Democracy to show that Russian Federation continues to try and interfere in American discourse by propagating hashtags related to President Donald Trump's attacks on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, Trump's catchphrase "MAGA", and the ongoing conflict in Syria. The bad news? Much of what was provided as evidence by the House Intelligence Committee on November 1 is not that far off from what we've come to expect from overzealous Americans on all sides of the political spectrum.

At a Wednesday US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Chairman Richard Burr released several Facebook ads allegedly purchased by Russia-linked organizations.

"Candidly, your first presentations were less than sufficient and showed in my mind a lack of resources a lack of commitment and a lack of genuine effort", he continued.

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"These operations, they're not limited to 2016 and not limited to the presidential race, and they continue to this day".

Trump has said there was no collusion with Moscow ahead of the election.

During the hearings, Facebook downplayed the potential reach of ads bought by Russia's Internet Research Agency. "And even without legistialstion, we're already moving forward on our own to bring advertising on Facebook to an even higher standard of transparency than ads on TV or other media".

"Like' if you want Jesus to win!"

Lawmakers are demanding answers from leading social media companies about why they haven't done more to combat Russian interference on their sites.

"It's still happening", he said.

Tech firms tried to draw attention to work that they were doing to improve and crack down on malicious foreign actors but were shot down in many cases by lawmakers who called their work to vague.


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