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>> This is about corporate responsibility.>> Senators on Capital Hill demanded more action from the social media companies on Wednesday.>> They can do better.>> To combat what they called shocking foreign efforts to influence US politics.>> All the evidence this committee has seen to date suggests that the platform companies, namely Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google and YouTube, still have a lot of work to do.
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>> The hearing comes a day after Facebook identified an influence campaign tied to November's mid-term elections. Thet used fake accounts and pages like Black Elevation and Resisters which exhibited much of the same patterns from Russia's interference in the 2016 election.>> Some feel that we as society are sitting in a burning room calmly drinking a cup of coffee, telling ourselves, this is fine.
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That's not fine.>> Reuters Capitol Hill correspondent Trisha Zengerle.>> One thing that was striking about today's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing is how much agreement there was among Republicans and Democrats about the seriousness of the problem. They accept that Russia and Russian-linked entities thought to interfere in the 2016 election, and it was a sharp contrast with what we hear from the White House.
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It was almost at exactly the time that the hearing was starting, president Trump was issuing a series of, of course, tweets. Calling it a total hoax in capital letters, the entire Russia investigation.>> This is just another type of warfare to weaken an adversary.>> Members of his own party were calling it information warfare.
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Marco Rubio used the expression warfare. In very strong terms and said we need to do something about this.>> The committee called on the tech executives to testify on September 5th, to hear the plans they have in place, and are developing, to stop the coordinated political influence operations plaguing their platforms.