Top executives from social media behemoths Facebook and Twitter are set to testify Wednesday before lawmakers about the ongoing threat of foreign influence operations on their platforms, as the shadow of possible Russian interference looms over the 2018 midterm elections.
In prepared testimony released Tuesday before a Senate hearing Wednesday, Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey says, "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 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.
Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat, blasted the hearing and Republicans, saying there is no evidence that the algorithms of social networks or search results are biased against conservatives.
"This is an arms race, and that means we need to be ever more vigilant", she said.
Political pressure on Facebook, Twitter and Google escalated on Wednesday as the U.S. government warned that Silicon Valley's increasingly powerful companies may be hurting competition.
Over the a year ago, Facebook and Twitter have each launched public campaigns (and some not so public) to fight back against "inauthentic" accounts believed to be linked not only to Russian Federation, but to other malicious actors like Iran.
"That's on us", she wrote. USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 campaign with the aim of tilting the election in Trump's favor, a finding that Moscow has denied. Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will also face questions, mainly surrounding what her company has done to crack down on abuse and other forms of content created to mislead.
"I'm deeply disappointed that Google - one of the most influential digital platforms in the world - chose not to send its own top corporate leadership to engage this committee", said Sen.
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones held a press conference outside the Senate hearing room as the testimony began to criticize the social media companies for banning him and his website Infowars from their platforms.
"My view is personal data is now the weapon of choice for political influence campaigns and we must not make it easier for our adversaries to seize these weapons and use them against us", Wyden said while discussing ways Congress can assist in this issue.
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 USA politics, with just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections.
The other executive is chief legal officer and senior vice president of global affairs Kent Walker.
The son of a police officer, Mr Morrison's hardworking character and leadership potential were quickly noted by his colleagues. But the former immigration minister said he would be interested if "down the track, if an opportunity presented itself".
Weisselberg then sent the invoice to another Trump Organization executive via e-mail directing him to "Please pay from the Trust". When Mr Trump stepped away from the company after his election victory, he handed control to his two sons and Mr Weisselberg .
Knight is coming off of a season in which he averaged 11.0 points and 2.4 assists in 54 games (five starts) for the Suns . Chriss has a career scoring average of 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and shoots a tad over 30 percent from 3-point range.
Congressional leaders are expected to deliver remarks at the memorial, as well as Vice-President Mike Pence . Cindy McCain , the late senator's wife, came up first to pay her respects over the flag-draped casket .
The State Department announced Friday that the U.S. "will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation". In January, the Trump administration released $60m (£45m) in funds but withheld a further $65m (£50m) it had been due to provide.
And Logan Paul "thanked" KSI saying that he was allowed to "realise" who he was and promised for a "new Logan Paul ". Unlike KSI's last fight , which was free to watch on YouTube , fans who want to watch online will have to pay £7.50.
Simon received the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for " Lost in Yonkers ", which also earned him a Tony Award . He was also a Kennedy Center honoree in 1995 and won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2006.
Teddy Bridgewater's brief time with the Jets ended Wednesday, with the team reportedly trading him to the Saints . Bridgewater arguably outplayed Darnold this summer, going 28 of 38 for 316 yards, two TDs and one interception.
As in many GOP races across the country, candidates in the Republican primary competed to prove their loyalty to President Trump . The seat is held by retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake , perhaps the most vocal Trump critic among congressional Republicans.
The delays created by these difficulties mean that we can no longer hold the necessary Test Events on August 27 and September 1. They are yet to be rescheduled so local authorities can decide whether to grant the stadium with a safety certificate.
Kaepernick has not been on an National Football League roster since he parted ways with the 49ers at the end of the 2016 season. Nike has endorsed Kaepernick since 2011 but has not featured him in campaigns since his departure from the NFL.
In one meeting, Kelly reportedly said Trump was "an idiot", and it was "pointless to try to convince him of anything". Trump says he would have liked to speak with Woodward and he says it sounds like it will be a "negative" book.
Google's next big smartphone launch is expected to happen early next month, but there's been yet another " leak " ahead of time. It looks a lot like the outgoing Pixel 2 XL , which is to say a little conservative and a little boring.
Red flags flew over Pensacola-area beaches in Florida's Panhandle, where swimming and wading in the Gulf of Mexico was prohibited. But authorities are also issuing a voluntary evacuation order for people outside the city's levee protection system.
Hugely popular at Spurs , Son joked before the final that he was upset team-mates Harry Kane and Dele Alli hadn't texted. Son's former club Bayer Leverkusen refused to release him for the 2014 Asian Games when the Koreans also scooped gold.
More recently, Republican lawmakers have even been signaling to Trump that they'd be cool with another Saturday Night Massacre. At this point, Senate GOP aides believe Trump will listen to McConnell and leave Sessions be for the time being.
The company's fall line-up will include an iPhone X Plus successor with a whopping 6.5 inch OLED screen, according to the report . The iPhone X's Apple A11 Bionic CPU uses a 10nm process, which means there's a processor transistor every 10 nanometers.
He announced the progress from the Oval Office, with Mexican president Pena Nieto joining in on speakerphone. Congress, which sometimes takes years to approve trade deals made by a presidential administration.
Senator Cash, who has faced some criticism over her performance, voted for Morrison in the leadership spill on Friday. Australia has endured a turbulent period in politics that has seen six changes in the top job in 11 years.