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Social media giants testify before Senate JudiciaryLawyers from Facebook, Twitter and Google are grilled by US senators at judicial hearings into whether Russians bought ads on their social media platforms.
Executives from social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google were called before a Senate Subcommittee Tuesday to testify about Russian interference in the 2016 election. I gather that all of your companies have moved beyond any notion that your job is only to provide a platform, and whatever goes across it is not your affair? Our commitment to addressing this problem is unwavering. We take this very seriously. Facebook says a Russian group called the Internet Research Agency posted more than 80,000 times on Facebook both before Before and after the election. 29 million Facebook users directly received Russian content like ads and fake news. And with sharing and re-sharing it may have reached as many as 126 million people. We're hiring more ad reviewers. Doubling or more our security engineering efforts. Putting in place tighter ad content restrictions. Twitter says it's suspended more than 2,700 accounts linked to that same group. We will need to evolve to stay ahead of new tactics. Facebook and Twitter agree. The problem is in fact, a global threat, involving other potential actors besides Russia. Law makers broaden their questions to include terrorist activity, hateful posts, and anything which divides Americans. And to the extent that legislation can help, we'd like to know about what we could do to help. To the extent that the status quo is acceptable, we all wanna be on the record and say it is not. The companies will return on Wednesday to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Seth Lenin, CBS News, Capital Hill. Find out what's out there.