Twitter not based on ‘political ideology,’ CEO tells lawmakers

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Dorsey also described Twitter's tighter monitoring of malicious use of its platform, including notifying law enforcement last month of accounts that appeared to be located in Iran.

Shortly after executives from Facebook and Twitter testified Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Justice Department announced a meeting with state attorneys general to discuss "growing concern" about censorship by social-media platforms, suggesting they are violating antitrust laws.

Dorsey's comments come days after President Donald Trump accused technology firms of "censorship" and suppressing conservative voices.

The president's tweets landed at a hard moment for the tech industry. Google denied that search results were politically biased.

"This (statement) makes me think antitrust is not the real goal, that the real goal is censorship", Goldman said.

Shares in Twitter plunged 6.2 per cent, while Facebook dropped 2.3 per cent.

Neither Twitter, nor Facebook, immediately responded to Ars' request for comment.

"It's totally perplexing", said Alex Abdo, a senior staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute, reacting to the announcement.

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Republicans aired grievances against the social media company.

"Maybe I did a better job because I'm good with the Twitter and I'm good at social media, but the truth is they were all on Hillary Clinton's side, and if you look at what was going on with Facebook and with Google and all of it, they were very much on her side", he said.

"The companies' platforms are now the single most important forum for speech in our society", said Abdo. The tech giants say they don't intentionally suppress conservatives, and perhaps that's true. While the evidence is mostly anecdotal, the seemingly synchronized and vaguely justified decisions by Apple, Facebook and Google.

"It's been a problem that's been around for a long time", she said.

"Social media platforms have the right to determine what types of legal speech they will permit on their platforms", Castro told AFP. Thirteen Russians were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller this year on charges of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 election by creating fake accounts that pushed divisive issues on social media. He said Twitter has so far suspended 3,843 accounts the company believes are linked to that agency and has seen recent activity.

"We've learned from 2016 and more recently from other nation's elections how to help protect the integrity of our elections", he said.

"That's on us", she wrote. "This uncertainty breeds suspicion, and that suspicion goes looking for other explanations".

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