Twitter CEO reportedly favored keeping Alex Jones and Richard Spencer on platform

Twitter CEO personally weighed in on company's handling of Alex Jones Richard Spencer accounts report

Twitter was "unprepared and ill-equipped" for the vast campaigns of manipulation that affected social media in the past few years, chief executive Jack Dorsey told lawmakers Wednesday.

The committee invited Larry Page, the CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet.

Google, meanwhile, will sidestep the Senate's skewering.

"What is under attack is the idea that business as usual is good enough", Burr said in his opening statement.

Twitter and Facebook have publicly denied repeated accusations from Trump and other Republicans that the companies deliberately hid conservative views and posts from right-leaning accounts and politicians, a tactic referred to as "shadow-banning".

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Dorsey also described Twitter's tighter monitoring of malicious use of its platform, including notifying law enforcement last month of accounts that appeared to be located in Iran.

Walker's written testimony says the company found "limited activity" around government-backed election interference following the 2016 vote and took "swift action" once it did.

"These are expensive investments, but that will not stop us because we know they are critical, she said".

From his Twitter account, Dorsey tweeted out 16 separate threaded tweets with the text to his statement that was read aloud to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"The notion that we would silence any political perspective is antithetical to our commitment to free expression", Dorsey said in prepared remarks. "We believe people will learn faster by being exposed to a wide range of opinions and ideas, and it helps to make our nation, and the world, feel a little bit smaller".

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Dorsey was to appear later before a House committee amid complaints from Republicans that social media companies have shown evidence of bias against conservatives. That scrutiny has led to additional criticism over the companies' respect for user privacy and whether conservatives are being censored. Twitter denies that is happening. Senate leaders rejected Google's offer to make Kent Walker, its senior vice president and chief legal officer, available for the hearings. Thirteen Russians were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller this year on charges of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 US presidential election by creating fake accounts that pushed divisive issues on social media. The hearing is part of an ongoing effort to address evidence of Russian meddling during the 2016 election cycle.

"We were too slow to spot this and too slow to act", Sandberg told the panel.

"But we all have to think a lot bigger, and decades past today".

Dorsey said Twitter has continued to identify accounts that may be linked to the same Russian internet agency as identified in Mueller's indictment. Only after CNN highlighted several tweets that clearly violated Twitter's TOS did the social media platform suspend Jones - and only for one week.

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