Social Media Companies Under Scrutiny – Again!

Social media are interactive technologies and digital channels that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, interests, and other forms of expression through virtual communities and networks.

The legal teams at Facebook, Twitter and Google have defended to United States lawmakers, whether Russia used social media to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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Senator Al Franken asked Facebook why payment in Russian rubles did not tip off their security teams to suspicious activity.

“In hindsight, we should have had a broader lens,” said Colin Stretch, who is acting General Counsel at Facebook.

Senator Amy Klobuchar has proposed legislation that she says would make social media firms subject to the same disclosure rules for political and issue pages as print, radio and television companies.

The companies said they would work with her on the bill, but did not say they would support it.

Senators questioned whether the firms are up to the task of weighing free speech and privacy rights against concerns over terrorism and state-sponsored propaganda.

“I think you do enormous good, but your power sometimes scares me,” said Senator John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana.

Social Media Breakdown

The term social media refers to a computer-based technology that facilitates the sharing of ideas, thoughts, and information through virtual networks and communities. Social media is internet-based and gives users quick electronic communication of content, such as personal information, documents, videos, and photos.