The US Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a hearing in November where Facebook, Google, and Twitter will talk about Russia and its interference with the 2016 election.
Lawmakers looking into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 presidential election in the United States have invited the three companies to testify, Recode reports.
It looks like the inquiry, which will be held by the Senate Intelligence Committee, seeks to ask some serious questions about the situation, demanding any evidence they have of Russia’s involvement. It’s already been reported that Facebook has complied with a court order demanded by Robert Mueller earlier this month, handing out information it had on ads purchased by Russian individuals and directed towards US voters.
The companies will also reportedly be asked about how their platforms were used to spread fake news and what might have been done differently to diffuse the situation. It’s known that all three companies have been working to fight against misinformation in the months since Trump was elected President.
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The Senate meeting isn’t the only one the three companies are expected to show up to. In fact, the House Intelligence Committee wants to have a similar meeting in October, although an exact date hasn’t been specified.
“In the coming month, we will hold an open hearing with representatives from tech companies in order to better understand how Russia used online tools and platforms to sow discord in and influence our election,” said Mike Conaway and Adam Schiff, leaders of the committee.
The focus of the hearings is said to be the 3,000 ads Russian forces bought from Facebook ahead of the November election. Some of these are said to have sought to provoke tensions in the United States of a racial, religious, or social nature.
This isn’t the first rodeo for these companies. Facebook has already briefed both committees before, Google has also participated in a similar meeting last year, while Twitter is set to visit Capitol Hill on Thursday.