The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing proved far more explosive than a similar hearing Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, with senators accusing the social media companies of permitting a flood of Russian-sponsored disinformation aimed at US voters.
Warner's fellow Democrats were similarly tough on the companies. Mark Warner as Congress held a second day of hearings on the issue. Dianne Feinstein said. "The question comes, for me, I represent them, I'd like very much to sit down with the CEO and, you know, have a conversation about this".
"Gentlemen you've done a good job this morning, I must say though, I'm disappointed that you're here and not your CEOs, because we're talking about policy and the policies of the companies", King told the witnesses. USA lawmakers have threatened tougher regulation and fired questions at Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch in hearings this week.
That comes after Zuckerberg opened wrote in today's earnings release that "We're serious about preventing abuse on our platforms".
Warner pressed Facebook's general counsel, Colin Stretch, on whether the company had cross-referenced accounts taken down during the French election this year to see if they corresponded to any of the Russia-linked accounts that operated in the U.S.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged he's "dead serious" about cracking down on nefarious activity on the giant social network after the Russian Federation campaign to sow political discord and manipulate the 2016 presidential campaign.
The controversy hasn't kept people away either, as Facebook reported continuing gains in its already massive user base.
"That was an absolute miss", Stretch said. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., that would bring political ad rules from TV, radio and print to the internet. "We would appreciate seeing the top people who are actually making the decisions". Each general counsel also struggled to name an executive at their company who is specifically tasked with overseeing the threat.
King, who called Russia's influence online a "sophisticated worldwide strategy", used information compiled by Alliance for Securing Democracy to show that Russian Federation continues to try and interfere in American discourse by propagating hashtags related to President Donald Trump's attacks on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, Trump's catchphrase "MAGA", and the ongoing conflict in Syria.
In a compelling opening, committee chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) showed two Facebook groups created by Russians - one called "Heart of Texas" that peddled anti-immigrant messages and one called "United Muslims of America" that promoted Islamic pride. Experts have said that the Russians' goals included promoting discord in the US and inciting violence.