How to watch Jack Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg testify to Congress live

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Chief election commissioner O P Rawat told TOI that "EC's interactions with the three social media companies are complete". Dorsey said that the social media platform was meant to be a "public square", but failed to deal with "abuse, harassment, troll armies, propaganda through bots, misinformation campaigns, and divisive filter bubbles".

The threat of potential federal intervention came just as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg were testifying before Congress about their efforts to root out false news and foreign meddling in U.S. elections.

For weeks now, some conservatives lead by President Donald Trump have claimed with scant evidence that tech companies are plotting against them.

"We've learned from 2016 [US presidential polls] and more recently from other nation's elections how to help protect the integrity of our elections", Dorsey said.

Sandberg said that Facebook was "too slow to spot" Russia's purported influence operation and "too slow to act".

The committee also took a shot at Alphabet CEO Larry Page, who declined an invitation to appear, by leaving out an empty chair.

Later in the day, Mr Dorsey faced a different hearing alone at the House Energy and Commerce Committee, focused on transparency and accountability, where he told lawmakers the company's number one priority was to ensure elections were not interfered with by foreign entities.

Also on Wednesday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in an op-ed piece in the Washington Post, wrote: "It's an arms race, and it will take the combined forces of the United States private and public sectors to protect America's democracy from outside interference". Mark Warner, D-V.A., said in his opening remarks Wednesday morning.

He spoke with Dorsey about being an "equal opportunity shadow-banner" that isn't exclusively targeting Republicans and asked, "Twitter undertook no behavior to selectively censor conservative Republicans or conservative voices on your platform, is that correct?" Walker said in his statement that the company was taking the issue of foreign interference in politics very seriously.

"Twitter does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules", Dorsey said in his written testimony.

The brief statement, which came at the conclusion of a Senate hearing including top executives of Facebook and Twitter, offered no clues on whether officials were considering an antitrust investigation or some form of regulatory action. "The actions we've taken in response - beginning with the steps Facebook's General Counsel, Colin Stretch, outlined to this Committee previous year - show our determination to do everything we can to stop this kind of interference from happening".

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