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With the 2018 midterm elections less than two months away, the U.S. government wants to know what the major tech companies are doing to ensure that their platforms aren’t manipulated by foreign governments.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive officer, are scheduled to answer questions on Wednesday from the Senate Intelligence Committee in what is the most anticipated hearing on technology since April when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before two Congressional committees.

The committee also invited a senior executive from Google, but the company has not committed to sending Google CEO Sundar Pichai or Alphabet CEO Larry Page.

Sandberg is expected to detail Facebook’s efforts to fight misinformation and manipulation, pointing out that the company has doubled the number of people it has working on safety and security, according to her written testimony.

“We have more than doubled the number of people working on safety and security and now have over 20,000. We review reports in over 50 languages, 24 hours a day,” Sandberg wrote in testimony provided by Facebook ahead of a Wednesday hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“Better machine learning technology and artificial intelligence have also enabled us to be much more proactive in identifying abuse,” the testimony said.

Globally, Facebook had disabled 1.27 billion fake accounts from October 2017 to March 2018, according to the testimony.

“We’re getting better at finding and combating our adversaries, from financially motivated troll farms to sophisticated military intelligence operations,” Sandberg’s testimony said.

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Facebook knows it “can’t stop interference by ourselves,” Sandberg’s testimony said. “We don’t have all the investigative tools that the government has, and we can’t always attribute attacks or identify motives.”

Facebook, Twitter and Google continue to face questions over just what they’re doing to stop foreign interference in upcoming elections, as well as broader questions about their efforts to minimize harassment on their platforms. The companies are also under fire from some on the right who believe the companies have shown liberal bias and are censoring conservative views.

“These two companies don’t really have many public friends in Congress right now, instead on both sides they’ve got multiple partisan battles to fight,” said Dipayan Ghosh, a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center and a former privacy and public policy advisor at Facebook.

“The Senate is going to be asking some pretty serious questions of both Dorsey and Sandberg as to what exactly their current practice is, what they discovered and what they think Congress should do or the U.S. government should do going forward to more effectively police these platforms,” he added.



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