The Senate Intelligence committees exploring Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election have asked tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify during a Nov. 1 hearing, a source acquainted with the issue told Recode on Wednesday. The investigation could subject the three giants and their management to awkward inquiries regarding the degree to which Kremlin authorities may have utilized social media to spread deception and what these organizations could have done to stop it.
A representative for Facebook accepted the invite to be a part of the hearing.
Representatives for Google did not respond. House officials, in the meantime, additionally plan to haul tech organizations to the U.S Capitol in October, they declared on Wednesday.
“In the coming month we will hold an open hearing with representatives from tech companies in order to better understand how Russia used online tools and platforms to sow discord in and influence our election,” said Representatives Mike Conaway and Adam Schiff, the top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, respectively. A date wasn’t specified for when the companies would be grilled.
Twitter has not said much in regards to what it intends to say in the Congressional briefings.“Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, a cornerstone of all democracies, and will continue to strengthen our platform against bots and other forms of manipulation that violate our Terms of Service,” Twitter said in a statement.
Legislators from both the House and Senate have required a hearing in light of reports that Russian forces obtained 3,000 advertisements, at a cost of $100,000, on Facebook in the months prior to the 2016 ballot. Some of those advertisements tried to incite racial, religious and social intolerance in the United States, as indicated by sources who have explored them. So far, Facebook has informed the board of trustees and its House partner on the issue, and Twitter is set to visit Capitol Hill on Thursday to answer lawmakers’ questions. Google informed the Senate Intelligence Committee not long ago.