Facebook, Twitter fall as they face U.S. Congress

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Both Dorsey and Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg have confirmed they will be in Washington for the Senate hearing September 5. 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. Follow the live blog below.

Sheryl Sandberg will tell the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that Facebook was "too slow to spot" Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and "too slow to act", according to an opening statement the Facebook chief operating officer released Tuesday. "It violated the values of our company and of the country we love". "We believe that we have a responsibility to prevent the misuse of our platforms and we take that very seriously", said Walker, who has previously testified before the committee and was the official Google hoped to send again.

Social media stocks fell after his remarks, with Twitter down 5.7 percent and Facebook around 1.8 percent lower.

The company is getting better at finding and removing "inauthentic" content and now has more than 20,000 people working on safety and security, she said.

"We need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is more left-leaning", Dorsey told CNN. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress about Facebook's role in the 2016 election in April.

"Over the last 18 months we've met with dozens of Committee Members and briefed major Congressional Committees numerous times on our work to prevent foreign interference in USA elections", a Google spokesperson said in an email. "The abuse of our platform to attempt state-sponsored manipulation of elections is a new challenge for us and one we are determined to meet".

The companies have made many policy changes, and have caught and banned malicious accounts over the past year.

Twitter's Dorsey was to follow his Senate testimony with an appearance at an afternoon hearing looking at that issue in the House of Representatives.

Dorsey's comments come days after President Donald Trump accused technology firms of "censorship" and suppressing conservative voices.

"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.

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