Senators demand more action from tech firms on Russian election meddling

Tech giants to testify in Russia US election probe The Day Ahead			
   by Paul Miles 

"You have to be the ones to do something about it or we will".

"I hear all your words, but I have more than a little bit of frustration that many of us on this committee have been raising this issue since the beginning of this year, and our claims were frankly blown off by the leadership of your companies, and dismissed", Sen.

Silicon Valley giants faced aggressive grillings by the Senate and House Intelligence Committees Wednesday over the role their platforms have inadvertently played in Russia's meddling in US politics.

Burr reminded the tech companies that it's illegal for foreign money to fund United States electioneering and said they have an obligation to verify the source of their ad revenue.

In case you need another sign that investors aren't too anxious about Facebook's Russian Federation problem: The company's stock closed at an all-time high on Wednesday at $182.66 per share.

Of the Russian Federation scandal enveloping Facebook publicly, Feinseth said: "In the bigger picture, I don't think it's a really big factor". "We are determined to do everything we can do to minimize abuse going forward", Sandberg said.

The company will provide more details on the business during a 2 p.m. PDT conference call with analysts.

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"We have found that foreign actors have used fake accounts to place ads on Facebook and Instagram that reached millions of Americans", said Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch.

"This is bigger than any one company", Stretch said at one point.

The ad was targeted at people in the USA who had expressed interest in conservative commentators including Laura Ingraham, Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh and also those who expressed an interest in Christianity, Jesus, and "Conservatism in the United States".

"This is another example of how people are lured in", said Sen. It is not clear how numerous 150 million people who were served that content actually saw it.

King, who called Russia's influence online a "sophisticated worldwide strategy", used information compiled by Alliance for Securing Democracy to show that Russian Federation continues to try and interfere in American discourse by propagating hashtags related to President Donald Trump's attacks on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, Trump's catchphrase "MAGA", and the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the panel, said he was disappointed the companies appeared be confining their reviews just to information linked to the Internet Research Agency, and suggested there could have been far more Russian content that has not yet been detected.

On the morning after Election Day 2016, the Russian page "Black Matters", which was created to look like a black activist group, began promoting a "Trump is NOT my president" event, to take place at New York City's Union Square. Experts have said that the Russians' goals included promoting discord in the USA and inciting violence.

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