Fiery exchanges as politicians scold Facebook, Google and Twitter

Congress looks into Russian social media meddling

Congress looks into Russian social media meddling

While Facebook's general counsel testified before Congress on Wednesday to try and explain how Russian state actors used the service in an attempt to spread disinformation around the US presidential election, the social giant reported Q3 earnings on Wednesday.

"We need to understand the behavior and we need to have the capacity both as a company and as an industry to be able to track it and eradicate it", the executive said.

An anti-Clinton, anti-establishment, pro-secession ad placed by "Heart of Texas" in October 2016, aimed at people who liked that Facebook group, generated 16,168 impressions and 2,342 clicks. James Risch (R-Idaho) said.

It's round two for the world's biggest internet companies as they face off against congressional lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The sampling published by Politico seems inconsistent with the way politicians and journalists generally portray "Russian disinformation", which they describe as a plot to "reshape USA politics" and undermine our electoral process by sophisticated operatives who know how to manipulate American voters.

"Russia's actions are further exposing the dark underbelly of the ecosystem you have created", said Virginia Sen.

"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.

Sen. Mark Warner also revealed some ads, including one of Hillary Clinton as the devil boxing Jesus. But when asked if that meant he would join his colleagues in making a push for them to testify, Warner added: "I want to actually reflect on that a little bit before I give you a straight answer".

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Facebook has said that content from a Russian troll farm, the Internet Research Agency, potentially reached as many as 126 million users. The account also promoted Florida Trump rallies.

Facebook has been warning for more than a year about reaching a limit in "ad load", or the number of ads the company can feature in users' pages before crowding their News Feed.

She also pledged to tighten ad policies to prevent future interference.

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

Lawmakers came down hard Wednesday on executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google for failing to stop peddlers of Russian propaganda from buying ads, sowing social unrest and spreading fake news on their sites.

"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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