Regulators Want to Know: Are Social Media Companies 'Intentionally Stifling' Conservatives?

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"The President's entitled to having an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that is qualified for the job...clearly, Attorney General Sessions doesn't have the confidence of the President", Graham said, according to CNN.

It is unclear which attorneys general will attend. Shares of Alphabet sank 1.2 percent.

The statement - part of Papadopoulos's effort to reduce his sentence for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation - challenges what Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee previous year, when said under oath that while he had "no clear recollection of the details" of that conversation, he "wanted to make clear to [Papadopoulos] that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government or any other foreign government". In an interview yesterday with The Daily Caller, President Donald Trump claimed the "true interference" in the 2016 election was the fact that "virtually all of those [social media] companies are super liberal companies in favor of Hillary Clinton". The Democrats are seeking to wrest control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans. "Congress is going to have to take action here".

Committee members also criticized Google for refusing to send top executives to testify at the Senate hearing, with just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections. Following his testimony before the Senate, Dorsey faced more questions from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, this time about Twitter's alleged anti-conservative bias.

"This should concern every senator and every American and frankly hangs over this confirmation hearing for Judge Kavanaugh", he said.

Representative Greg Walden, the committee's Republican chairman, said Twitter had made "mistakes" that, he said, minimized Republicans' presence on the social media site, a practice conservatives have labeled "shadow banning". "And there can't be two standards: One for members of Congress - Republican members of Congress - and one for others".

"Recently we failed our intended impartiality". He said Tuesday, "We can't normalize that".

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The DOJ did not provide details or specific examples of how the social media companies might be "hurting competition", nor did it elaborate on the allegations of censorship. "I think the results will prove itself".

"The United States is not some banana republic with a two-tiered system of justice - one for the majority party and one for the minority party", the Republican senator said.

Why? The issues resonates with supporters whose opinion of social media has sunk to the level of mainstream media.

"We've removed hundreds of pages and accounts involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior - meaning they misled others about who they were and what they were doing", Sandberg told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The House hearing was interrupted by Laura Loomer, a conspiracy theorist who has been banned from major social media sites.

The statement did not name Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) but the companies have been criticized for what some see as an effort to exclude conservative voices.