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October 6, 2017

Facebook, Google, Twitter to Testify Before House Intelligence Panel

Committee is Looking Into Allegations that Russia Meddled in 2016 Presidential Race

By Дмитрий-5-Аверин (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
 Facebook will not be the only technology company to appear before a House Intelligence Committee to address Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Google and Twitter representatives have also been asked to testify in front of the Nov. 1 panel, sources told Fortune.

It is bound to be a stressful day for those chosen to testify because they must appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee that day as well to answer questions on the same issue.

The Senate and House intelligence committees are both investigating suspicions that Russia actively interfered in the U.S. presidential race in a bid to get now-president Donald Trump elected. There have been whispers as well about Trump’s people working together with Russia to make his presidency happen — accusations both parties have denied.

Facebook recently admitted to unknowingly selling roughly 3,000 (and $100,000 worth of) ads to a Russian group that spread misinformation during the U.S. presidential race. Purchased between June 2015 and May 2017, the ads were seen by 10 million Americans both before and after the election.

The ads, which led to fake news pages, have since been linked to 470 fake accounts out of Russia.

Although Facebook has gone public about its role in the scandal, Twitter and Google have yet to speak out.


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