US senators rips social media firms over Russian meddling

The lawyer for social media giant Facebook has admitted the company should have done more to pick up on Russia-linked meddling in last year's US election, but emphasised that it represented a very small portion of News Feed content.

by

    The lawyer for social media giant Facebook has admitted the company should have done more to pick up on Russia-linked meddling in last year's US election but emphasised that it represented a very small portion of News Feed content.

    Twitter and Google also faced questioning at a senate hearing into Moscow's alleged cyber influence on the vote.

    Senators were eager to find out when the companies became aware that content linked to the Kremlin was appearing on their platforms, and what could be done to stop it from happening again.

    Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports from Washington, DC.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    We travel more than 2,000km and visit communities along the route of the oil pipeline that cuts across Indigenous land.

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.