- Well the Kavanaugh Confirmation
wasn't the only big hearingtoday on Capital Hill.
Top leaders from social media sites
like Facebook and Twitterface some tough questions
from law makers.
- That's right, Jenna,
and they wanna knowwhat the sites are doing
to stop foreign interference
in the upcoming mid-term elections.
- CBN News National Security correspondent
Erik Rosales has more from Capital Hill.
- This is the third timesocial media experts
testified before the SenateIntelligence Committee,
and the third time appears to be the charm
as top brass from Facebook and Twitter
said they're more determined than ever
to stop adversaries frommeddling in upcoming elections.
But they admit, they can't do it alone.
- We were too slow to spotthis and too slow to act.
That is on us.
- We acknowledge the realworld negative consequences
of what happened.
And we take the fullresponsibility to fix it.
We can't do this alone and that's why
this conversation isimportant and why I'm here.
- [Erik] While Facebook'snumber two executive
Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter'sCEO Jack Dorsey testified,
an empty chair sat where theCEO of Google's parent company,
Alphabet, was expected to be.
Senators say that thecompany refused to send
CEO Larry Page,
a move which drew sharp criticism.
- 'Cause I know our members
have a series of difficult questions
about structural vulnerabilities
on a number of Google's platforms
that we'll need answers for.
- [Erik] Executivestestified policy changes
have caught and bannedmillions of malicious accounts
over the past year.
Facebook came under firefor being at the forefront
of Russia's interferencein the 2016 election.
During that campaign,actors set up fake accounts,
organized protests, and spread memes
as part of an effort todisrupt the election.
Sandberg says artificialintelligence machine on machine
is making it easier.
- In the first three months of 2018 alone,
over 85% of the violentcontent we took down
or added warning labels to
was identified by our technologybefore it was reported.
- We're now removingover 200% more accounts
for violating our policies.
We're identifying andchallenging 8-10 million
suspicious accounts every week.
And we're thwarting overa half million accounts
from logging in toTwitter every single day.
- And a very important message
that came out of these hearings, too
that nothing is ever free, you know,
they were talking abouttheir business model
and what they wanna do.
They want to try and keepas many people as they can
for as long as they can
and to get as muchinformation about you and I.
So any time you fill out that free survey
and things like that,
nothing is ever free.
- That's the lesson in life.
Now you mentioned Russian hackers and bots
targeting social mediawebsites during the election,
are there other actors at play
that we need to be concerned about?
- Most definitely.
You know, we got NorthKorea, we got China.
But I tell you, the one actor
that's really the foreign adversary
that's really stepping uptheir game, that is Iran.
Iran is actually, especiallywith the new sanctions
that are being put into place on Iran,
a lot of them are going after
and they're creating thismalware that's going out there.
Recent survey ended upfinding five new malwares
that originated in the country of Iran.
Iran is using that to disable computers,
and then you have to end up paying bitcoin
in order to get your computer access back.
- Dorsey, he followed the Senate hearing
with another hearing.
- Yes, he did.
- This one addressed algorithmsand content moderation
What did he say in that one?
- Well, as we remember you know,
Twitter was actuallythought of as taking apart
the conservatives anddropping some of their tweets
and things like that,and going after them.
Well, he actually admittedthat the algorithm
that they had in placehad about 600,000 users
that actually were droppedas a result of that.
So he says the problem has been fixed now.
But when Republicans were actually saying
wait a minute, especially in Congress,
a lot of our tweets are being dropped
and dropped from Twitter, that is correct.
They certainly were.
- So they were right?
- Yes they were right.
- We'll see if the problemgets, if it improves.
- Erik Rosales, thank you so much.