>> Tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter once had it good in Washington. Now, an investigation into thousands of political ads found on their platforms has put them under intense scrutiny and under new restrictive legislation. Reuters' breaking views columnist, Gina Chon.>> They're now being called to testify in November for the intelligence committees in Congress because of all the Russia back ads found on their platforms during the 2016 presidential campaign.
>> Facebook ran at least 3,000 Russian backed political ads, many paid for in rubles. Google and Twitter uncovered similar propaganda. And while there may be an appetite for accountability, the companies are sending their lawyers to congressional hearings, not their top executives.>> They're, frankly, taking what they think is the more safe route, and that is true legally, because, obviously, a lawyer can understand, perhaps, how to provide more protection on that front than a CEO would.
But in terms of the optics, and Congress really wanting a public trial with top executives, they are falling short on that front.>> Silicon Valley is also under pressure in Congress with bills that could open them up to more legal liabilities and privacy constraints. On Thursday, two Democratic senators and Republican John McCain introduced legislation that would extend rules on political advertising for traditional media to online outlets like Facebook.