FB asked to tes­tify on Rus­sian med­dling

Tempo - - News - (AP)

WASH­ING­TON – The House and Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tees are invit­ing tech gi­ants Face­book, Twit­ter, and Al­pha­bet – the par­ent com­pany of Google – to ap­pear for pub­lic hear­ings as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Rus­sia’s in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion, The As­so­ci­ated Press has learned.

The House in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee is plan­ning to hold a hear­ing in Oc­to­ber and the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee has in­vited wit­nesses to ap­pear Novem­ber 1. The an­nounce­ments of pub­lic hear­ings come the day be­fore Twit­ter is sched­uled to hold closed-door staff brief­ings with both pan­els.

Rep. Adam Schiff of Cal­i­for­nia, the top Demo­crat on the House in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee, con­firmed the House hear­ing in an in­ter­view with the AP, though he noted a date had not yet been set.

In a joint state­ment, Schiff and Repub­li­can Rep. Mike Con­away from Texas, who is lead­ing the House in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said they will hold an open hear­ing in the com­ing month “with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from tech com­pa­nies in or­der to bet­ter un­der­stand how Rus­sia used on­line tools and plat­forms to sow dis­cord in and in­flu­ence our elec­tion.”

They added, “Congress and the Amer­i­can peo­ple need to hear this im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion di­rectly from these com­pa­nies.”

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