Facebook, Twitter face U.S. Congress over politics and the internet

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey poses during

Facebook and Twitter are using increasingly sophisticated technology and artificial intelligence to combat the misuse.

President Trump has repeatedly criticized Google, Facebook and Twitter in recent days, bashing the companies in a series of tweets and press conferences for allegedly exhibiting political bias against conservatives.

Facebook FB.O fell 1.6 percent and Twitter TWTR.N 5.2 percent.

Twitter Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey said in his prepared remarks that a "relatively small number of bad-faith actors were able to game Twitter to have an outsized impact".

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday morning to discuss actions their companies have taken to thwart foreign influence campaigns targeting the 2018 midterm elections.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been looking into Russian efforts to influence United States public opinion throughout Trump's presidency, after United States intelligence agencies concluded that entities backed by the Kremlin had sought to boost his chances of winning the White House in 2016.

Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the ranking Democrat on the committee, said that he was "very disappointed" in Google.

Twitter's Dorsey also will testify at a House of Representatives hearing on Wednesday that the company "does not use political ideology to make any decisions", according to written testimony also made public on Tuesday.

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Google was accused of being "arrogant" today for refusing to send a top executive to a Senate hearing into the manipulation of social media.

Dorsey and other tech titans will be in the USA capital on Wednesday to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is still probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, along with the general growing influence of social media to disseminate information.

Dorsey will testify later on Wednesday during a separate House hearing, while Sandberg will not. Part of his time will be spent answering to Republicans who falsely are claiming social media companies are censoring conservatives. Republicans control both the House and Senate and the elections will decide whether they keep their majorities.

Wednesday's hearing was a follow-up to one held in November that focused on foreign government manipulation of social media platforms to influence US politics. Instead, a spokesperson for the committee said they may just leave a chair empty next to Sandberg and Dorsey.

Google's offer to send a less senior executive was turned down by the committee and Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida, suggested that their...

Google did release written "testimony" from Walker ahead of the hearing, even though he was not expected to appear.

Lawmakers also criticized Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google for refusing to send top executives to testify in the Senate on foreign efforts to influence US politics, with just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections.

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