Lawmakers left frustrated after the second day of testimony from representatives from Twitter, Facebook and Google yielded little results in just how Russian "bad actors" were able to interfere in the 2016 presidential election via their given social media platforms.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman and Vice Chairman, Sens. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, and Mark Warner, D-Virginia, both charged the sites to "do more" in investigating just how foreign actors were able to manipulate messaging on social media and how targeted ads were able to disseminate misinformation for so long.
"Your companies are just beginning to come to grips with the scale and the depth of the problem," said Chairman Burr.
He added, "Your actions need to catch up to your responsibilities."
An emotional Warner called out the sites for their "less than sufficient" first appearances before lawmakers in addressing the issue of foreign actors.
He said they showed a "lack of resources, lack of commitment and a lack of genuine effort."
Asked by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, if all three sites were satisfied with the response their platforms had in tackling foreign interference in the election, all three replied no and acknowledged they must do better.
While much of their testimony remained the same from Tuesday's before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the social media representatives newly admitted that some topics that foreign actors raised on their given sites to enflame or embroil dissension in the country post-2016 election, dealt with questioning the electoral college, organizing election protest events, police shootings, racial issues and immigration.
All three representatives said that while the motive for Russians or bad actors wasn't exactly obvious, it was, as a whole, typically aimed at sowing discord and divisiveness in America.
Facebook's Stretch said that the time period in question with regard to that motive continued well after the election as well.
The same representatives for the tech titans have offered their testimony before members of the House Intelligence Committee as well.
During the afternoon hearing, lawmakers released a trove of Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and whip up tensions around divisive social issues.
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