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Senators Burr and Warner express disappointment about Google not showing upFacebook and Twitter sent their top people to a Senate hearing. Google didn't.
Two weeks ago your companies announced a series of successful disruptions that resulted in the removal of 652 Facebook pages, groups, and accounts, and 284 Twitter accounts. Based on they're violating your company standards of ordinated manipulation and inauthentic behavior. Google's own internal security teams did commendable work disrupting this influence operation and we would have valued the opportunity to speak with them at the appropriate level of corporate representation. Nevertheless, their efforts should be acknowledged. In a departure from what we've all got a little accustomed too. This activity didn't come from Russia it came from Iran. My instinct is to applaud the diligence of your security teams and credit you with taking the problem very seriously. Facebook and Twitter have sent their companies' top leadership to address some of the critical public policies policy challenges. I look forward to constructive engagement. I'd say though I am deeply disappointed that Google, one of the most influential digital platforms in the world, chose not to send its own top corp leadership To engage this committee. Cuz I know our members have a series of difficult questions about structural vulnerabilities on a number Google's platforms that we need answers for. From Google Search, which continues to have problems surfacing absurd conspiracies, to YouTube. Where Russian back disinformation agents promoted hundreds of divisive videos. The Gmail were state sponsored operatives attempted countless hacking attempts. Google has an immense responsiblity in this space. Given it's size and influence, I would've thought If leadership at Google would've wanted to demonstrate how seriously it takes these challenges and actually take a leadership role in this important discussion.