The Alphabet-owned search giant was missing-in-action in the congressional grilling, leaving its peers Facebook and Twitter to face United States lawmakers seeking progress in the neutralization of social media manipulation.
The Justice Department raised the prospect of a possible investigation as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey concluded their testimony today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where they addressed efforts to prevent foreign abuse of their platforms.
"I fear the Republicans are using this hearing for those purposes instead of addressing the serious issues raised by social media platforms that affect Americans' everyday lives", he said. If you want to watch on your computer or phone, you can access the committee's live stream here.
"Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules", Dorsey said in his written testimony. (Get ready for lots of questions about "shadow banning.") That hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Recent reports have said Google is considering returning to China with a search engine that would be acceptable to the Beijing government, raising concerns among Google employees and human rights activists.
Dorsey said Twitter has stepped up its effort to protect what he called a "healthy public square" but that the challenges were daunting.
Some 43% of people think tech companies favour liberal over conservative viewpoints and 72% think it's likely that social media companies intentionally censor political viewpoints they find objectionable.
Dorsey said, "We acknowledge the real world, negative consequences of what happened and we take the full responsibility to fix".
"I'm disappointed that Google decided against sending the right senior level executive to participate in what I truly expect to be a productive discussion", Burr added, just after commending Facebook and Twitter's "willlingness to be part of the solution". "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".
They also asked Alphabet Inc's Google to send a top executive to testify, but declined its offer to dispatch Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker rather than Alphabet Chief Executive Larry Page. Congress has criticized social media companies during the past year as it became clear they were on the front lines during Russia's interference in the 2016 elections and beyond.
"This interference was completely unacceptable".
Mr Jones constantly interrupted Senator Marco Rubio as the Senator was trying to answer journalists' questions.
The social media executives underwent questioning before the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday.
He said Twitter is committed to rooting out abusive activity and "hostile foreign influence".
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