Twitter Inc. will inform users who may have seen publications covertly prepared by the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. The director of public policy for EE. UU Reported to a Senate committee on Wednesday.
The company is "working to identify and inform individually" the users "who could have found accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, which helped the Russian efforts to interfere in the race," said Carlos Monje to the Committee of Commerce, Science and Technology.
Along with Google, YouTube and Facebook Inc. Twitter faced a committee hearing on social media efforts to combat terrorism, the latest scrutiny by lawmakers on both sides who have questioned companies on topics that include the manipulation of their platforms by the Russians.
Monk, who said details of the plan would be available shortly, responded to the interrogation of Senator Richard Blumenthal. The Connecticut Democrat, who had requested such alerts, thanked Facebook for similar efforts to notify those who may have seen fake or incendiary content from Russian accounts, while saying it was "disappointed" by Google's response.
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Democrats on the committee urged social media platforms to harden against foreign and domestic interference before the midterm elections in November.
"Based on the results, it is not where it needs to be to be assured that it is securing our democracy," said Brian Schatz of Hawaii. "How can we know that you are going to do this well, and before the partial exams?"
Monk told Schatz that Twitter hopes to avoid interference.
"We continue to improve our tools and we" will improve, "he said.
The companies sought to assure skeptical lawmakers that they have modified their methods in the last year to identify and eliminate more effective content related to terrorism.
While social media companies published statistics on their progress, committee members cited their past faults at a hearing.
"The killer responsible for the shooting at the Orlando nightclub – in which 49 innocent people were killed, and 53 were injured, reportedly, was inspired by digital material that was available on social networks, "said Committee Chairman John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, at executives.
Technology companies have agreed with lawmakers orcelamiento on the need to curb the content related or with terrorism. They are more in disagreement with the demands that make judgments to eliminate "false news" and false messages. Since the revelation that Russian agents used social media to fuel discord during the 2016 campaign, some members of Congress have urged legislation to impose regulations on political advertising on social networks such as those applied to television.
the companies' testimony about terrorist messages was information they had offered in the past, through blogs and other congressional hearings, to assure the government that they are working on the issue.
"Since June, YouTube has eliminated more than 160,000 violent extremist videos and has canceled approximately 30,000 channels for violating our policies against terrorist content," said Juniper Downs, director of public policy for YouTube, in comments prepared for the audience. . "We achieved these results through stricter policies, improved application by machines and people, and collaboration with external experts."
Today, 98 percent of videos removed from YouTube due to violent extremism are detected by algorithms, a faster solution than human monitors that accounted for half of the material removed as recently as June, Downs said. Still, Google has 10,000 people monitoring content on its site.
Twitter reported that it suspended more than half a million terrorist accounts in 2017 alone, three-quarters of them before they started tweeting because the company's algorithms caught them when they were created, according to Monje.
Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of product and counterterrorism policy, said that 99 percent of ISIS and al-Qaeda-related terrorist content removed by Facebook are detected and removed before anyone reports it, mainly because of Automated systems . He also said the company aims to double the number of people working in security from 10,000 to 20,000 by the end of 2018.
The next big threat could be for foreign governments to adopt the tactics of terrorist groups using social networks to encourage people in the USA UU to carry out attacks at home, Clint Watts, a member of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, told the committee.
He cited the example of Edgar Welch, who was arrested in 2016 after believing in an online conspiracy theory related to a pizzeria in Washington and carrying an assault rifle to the restaurant. If false online news could lead to such incidents, it is likely that foreign governments will do the same to create chaos in the US. UU., Watts said.
– With the assistance of Ben Brody