Twitter CEO says ‘shadow ban’ not impartial

Todd Singleton
September 6, 2018

In the statement, spokesman Devin O'Malley said that the department had monitored a hearing of a Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, where Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) executives defended their companies before skeptical lawmakers.

In the hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dorsey sat alongside Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg to answer questions focusing mostly on political interference and manipulation on the giant social media platforms, which administration officials are talking about regulating, and Republicans have accused of liberal bias. "The actions we've taken in response - beginning with the steps Facebook's General Counsel, Colin Stretch, outlined to this Committee a year ago - show our determination to do everything we can to stop this kind of interference from happening". Both Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) asked about the excessive amount of time it took the company to take down a tweet threatening Meghan McCain despite many people reporting it.

Twitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey has confirmed he will attend, and so has Facebook number two Sheryl Sandberg. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress about Facebook's role in the 2016 election in April.

Prior to the hearing, President Donald Trump in an interview with the Daily Caller accused social media companies of interfering in the USA mid-term elections in November, without appearing to offer any evidence.

"You don't understand the problem if you don't see this as a large effort from whole of government and the private sector", Burr told reporters at the Senate.

Senators scolded Google executives for not showing up to the hearings Wednesday. On Tuesday it released written "testimony" describing the company's efforts to combat influence operations.

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Appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday, Dorsey said the offending tweet was up for "five hours", although Domenech tweeted Saturday that the image had been up for "half a day" and he had to "raise a ruckus" before it was deleted.

"What we know is we must commit to a rigorous and independently vetted set of metrics to measure the health of public conversation on Twitter", Mr Dorsey said.

Meanwhile, at the Senate hearing, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to accusations by President Trump and other Republican leaders that Twitter, Facebook and Google engage in political bias against conservatives, insisting his company strives to be "impartial".

In late July, as WND reported, Twitter issued a statement maintaining it did not shadowban, the practice of reducing the reach and visibility of tweets without informing the user.

Representative Frank Pallone, the top Democrat on the committee, said he was anxious that the Republicans were motivated by political concerns.

"There is no evidence that the algorithms of social networks or search results are biased against conservatives".

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