Social Networks Can’t Promise Election Meddling Won’t Happen Again


Facebook, Google and Twitter told Congress they aren’t sure they’ve measured the full extent of Russia’s manipulation of social networks in last year’s U.S. presidential campaign and they don’t yet have the technology to prevent it from happening again.

“It really is a global threat,” Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, said Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing when asked if countries such as North Korea and Iran also could use subterfuge to interfere in American politics.

The session was the first in two days of hearings before three congressional committees, as the technology companies face demands for change — and the threat of new legislation to regulate political advertising — after they acknowledged extensive efforts by Russians to sow discord and spread disinformation.

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