Next Time Bring CEOs, Lawmakers Tell Facebook, Google, Twitter

Next Time Bring CEOs, Lawmakers Tell Facebook, Google, Twitter

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the panel, said he was disappointed the companies appeared be confining their reviews just to information linked to the Internet Research Agency, and suggested there could have been far more Russian content that has not yet been detected.

Total revenue increased 47.3 percent to $10.33 billion beating analysts estimate of $9.84 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Though officials at Facebook and other social media giants were initially reluctant to acknowledge Russian success on their sites in swaying popular opinion, company leaders have struck a different tone in recent weeks and this week disclosed steps to Congress meant to prevent future meddling in American politics by foreign agents.

During a Tuesday hearing with the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Colin Stretch, Facebook's general counsel, said most of the Russian ads on the company's platform were used to direct the social network's users to related pages on the site, where they could view unpaid posts from the groups.

Facebook's Russian Federation problem isn't affecting the company's business. James Risch (R-Idaho) said.

The documents released by the House intelligence committee also underscore how targeted the ad campaigns were.

"A lot of folks, including many in the media, have tried to reduce this entire conversation down to one premise: foreign actors conducted a surgically executed covert operation to help elect a United States president", Burr said.

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Burr showed photos of events in Texas that were organized by one of the Russian pages called "Heart of Texas".

That ad was targeted at people who had expressed an interest in Hillary Clinton or the Muslim Brotherhood on Facebook and who lived in Washington, DC. "They need to answer for this".

Various U.S. investigations into how Russian Federation may have tried to sway American voters in the months before and after last year's elections are hanging over Facebook and its competitors. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that would bring political ad rules from TV, radio and print to the internet.

"This is whole lot broader than simply the 2016 election", Sen. Facebook added close to 2,500 people this quarter. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, speaks next to Vice Chairman Sen. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said during Wednesday's hearing.

Lawyers for Facebook, Twitter and Google were repeatedly criticized by lawmakers for what they portrayed as a lack of effort in addressing foreign meddling on their platforms in the past and pressed to account for what steps they would take in the future.

"We're deeply concerned. This is an issue that we talk about constantly", Sean Edgett, Twitter's acting general counsel, said at the hearing.

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