U.S. House panel hears from Facebook, Google, Twitter on election security

FILE PHOTO: The emblem of Facebook is seen in Davos, Switzerland Januar 20, 2020. Picture taken January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

(Reuters) – Top officers from Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc appeared remotely earlier than U.S. lawmakers on Thursday at a digital listening to on overseas affect and election safety.

The Silicon Valley leaders had been testifying at a House of Representatives Intelligence Committee listening to about their actions taken to fight election interference for the reason that 2016 U.S. elections, because the nation strikes towards the Nov. three presidential contest.

“As I look across the landscape I cannot say I am confident that the 2020 election will be free of interference by malicious actors, foreign or domestic,” mentioned House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff on the listening to.

Ahead of the listening to, witnesses described every firm’s work to fight disinformation and enhance election integrity. The written opening statements had been from Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of safety coverage; Nick Pickles, director of world public coverage technique and improvement at Twitter, and Richard Salgado, director for regulation enforcement and data safety at Google.

Twitter’s Pickles harassed that the issue went past content material moderation.

“Removal of content alone will not address this challenge and while it does play an important role, particularly in tackling platform manipulation, governments must play a part in addressing the broader issue,” mentioned Pickles in his posted assertion.

“While policy proposals may differ, it is clear that this is not the time to curtail online public conversation and the values that underpin the open Internet.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford; Editing by David Gregorio


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