>> In the second hearing of its kind, top public policy officials from Facebook, Google's YouTube and Twitter testified before law enforcers on Tuesday, on whether filtering news stories on their platforms was influenced by political bias.>> I think you are right to highlight that people have biases when they come to work and our focus as you say should absolutely.
We're making sure that bias is not a factor and our rules are enforced impartially.>> But the hearing turned into partisan bickering with GOP lawmakers addressing allegations that the platform sensor conservatives.>> Google has also deleted or blocked references to Jesus, Chick-fil-A and the Catholic religion. When will it stop?
>> Democrats meanwhile, press the reps from the tech titans about the role social media platforms played in the 2016 US presidential election.>> Rather than conducting any oversight of these important issues relating to the integrity of our elections, the disgraceful conduct of the President and a threat to our democracy we have this hearing.
>> And in a surprise move New York Democrat Jerry Nadler motioned to stop the meeting to instead discuss the indictment of 12 Russian last week who were allegedly behind the hack into the Democrats during the election. Though it failed, democratic law makers continued to raise the complaint that holding a hearing on filtering was a waste of time.
>> I don't even know why we are having this hearing. We should be having a hearing on the President of the United States, statements he has made that show that he has this bizarre relationship to Vladimir Putin, who is not our friend.>> The hearing comes as pressure mounts for the companies to protect users ahead of the November elections in the US.
After the tech firms acknowledged that they could have done more to prevent foreign entities from spreading misinformation during the 2016 election.