Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged that the social media network failed to crack down on attempts from Russian Federation to influence the 2016 United States presidential elections, according to AFP.
"Google and Twitter and Facebook, they're really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful".
"This is an arms race, and that means we need to be ever more vigilant", she said. "And that's not possible right now", she said.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will testify before a US Senate select committee on election interference on Wednesday.
Sandberg committed to not doing business with China or other countries that conflict with Facebook's values.
The company also is "making progress on fake news" by cracking down on its distribution and demoting "articles rated by third party fact checkers as false", according to Sandberg, who did not describe who these third party fact checkers are.
The social media execs are facing questions about political intrusion, antitrust concerns, censorship and consumer privacy. Mark Zuckerberg, the company's founder and CEO, faced tough questioning on the platform's internal practices when he testified before Congress in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal.
Though no Google representative is expected to testify as of this report, in a blog post Tuesday Google Senior Vice President for Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker said he would still be in Washington to separately brief lawmakers on Google's efforts and will be submitting written testimony to the Senate committee.
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"Over the past weeks, President Trump and many Republicans have peddled conspiracy theories about Twitter and other social media platforms to whip up their base and fundraise", said Representative Frank Pallone, the committee's top Democrat.
A spokesperson for Twitter declined to comment, but in past hearings Twitter officials have affirmed the gravity of the situation.
The hearing comes after months of bruising scandals for Facebook, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which as many as 87 million users had their information improperly obtained, and further revelations around Russian misuse of the platform to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
FILE PHOTO: Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board, attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, January 18, 2017.
Facebook is going after "inauthenticity", or fake accounts.
"We aren't proud of how that free and open exchange has been weaponized and used to distract and divide people, and our nation", Dorsey said.
"We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to enforce our rules impartially", he said. In testimony released before that hearing, Dorsey denied that Twitter uses political ideology to make decisions.
"The actions we've taken in response. show our determination to do everything we can to stop this kind of interference from happening", Sandberg said.