Facebook, Twitter to testify Russian interference in 2016 US presidential elections; Google mum

Facebook, Twitter, Google to face the dark side of their technology when they appear before US Congress on Nov 11. | Credit: Jeff Durham/Bay Area News Group

Facebook and Twitter will appear before US Congress to testify into Russian interference during the 2016 US presidential election; Google, however, was yet to confirm.

The three companies have been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on November 1, ReCode reported late on Wednesday.

“For now, though, Facebook and Twitter have not yet shared whether their chief executives — Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, respectively — would testify in front of Senate investigators,” the report added.

An estimated 10 million people in the US saw the Russian ads that were present on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election, the social media giant revealed this week, while finally handing over nearly 3,000 Russian political ads worth $100,000 to the US Congress.

However, a report in Business Insider said that the multi billion social networking site won’t make it public. 

Facebook said that 44 per cent of total ad impressions (number of times ads were displayed) were before the election on November 8, 2016, while 56 per cent were shown after the election.

Twitter has also announced that it deleted over 200 fake Russian accounts and identified Russia Today of buying ads targeted at American users’ accounts.

Google has launched a probe into the role its services could have played in the Russian interference.

(Mayank Mohanti)