Trump, without evidence, accuses social media companies of election meddling

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Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will also face questions, mainly surrounding what her company has done to crack down on abuse and other forms of content created to mislead. Both Senate Intelligence Committee Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Virginia, lambasted Google for failing to sent a top representative.

Google declined to send a top executive, so the company's absence is marked by a glass of water and empty chair in the hearing room. Follow the live blog below.

"The committee takes this issue very seriously, and we appreciate that Facebook and Twitter are represented here this morning with an equivalent and appropriate measure of seriousness", Senator Burr of North Carolina said.

Over the previous year, Facebook and Twitter have each launched public campaigns (and some not so public) to fight back against "inauthentic" accounts believed to be linked not only to Russian Federation, but to other malicious actors like Iran.

Dorsey is also testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee later in the day over allegations of bias against conservatives on social media.

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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.

Rosenberger, who testified before the same committee on foreign influence on social media last month, said she has "every expectation that [the hearing] will be serious from the lawmakers' side".

Twitter has denied Dorsey was involved in any of the decisions. Twitter has been accused by some of suppressing conservative voices on the platform - which the company denied in July. In her opening remarks, Facebook's Sandberg took responsibility on behalf of the company for their slow response to Russian interference in 2016. Thirteen Russians were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year on charges of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 USA presidential election by creating fake accounts that pushed divisive issues on social media.

"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 prepared testimony obtained by Fox News.

He says such behavioral analysis "does not consider in any way" political views or ideology.

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