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Facebook and Twitter have each agreed to testify before congressional lawmakers who are investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — and the ways in which the Kremlin may have co-opted social media sites to spread misinformation.
The two social media giants are set to appear before a Nov. 1 hearing, to be held by the Senate Intelligence Committee, spokespeople for the companies told Recode on Wednesday. Google has also been invited to testify at the session, which will be open to the public, but it did not immediately comment Wednesday on its plans.
“As we noted in our blog post last week, we are cooperating with these investigations in Russian interference in the 2016 election,” a Twitter spokeswoman said. “Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, and will continue to both work with the investigations and to share details of our findings with the public as we are able.”
Neither Facebook nor Twitter shared whether their chief executives — Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, respectively — would appear before panel lawmakers. At Facebook, at least, the company could choose to send Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos, who has been spearheading the company’s internal hunt for ads and posts from Russia or other foreign actors.
Facebook also shared Wednesday it would testify at a second hearing to be convened by the House Intelligence Committee. Twitter and Google have not revealed their plans for that potential public grilling, which has been tentatively set for this month.
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