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Twitter Inc. shares fell as much as 6.6% as Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, though it's unclear why the stock is down so much.

Jack Dorsey, chief executive of Twitter, also acknowledged his company's past failures. US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 campaign with the aim of tilting the election in Trump's favor, a finding that Moscow has denied.

Senator Richard Burr, the committee's Republican chairman, said he expected the hearing would focus on solutions to the problem of foreign efforts to influence United States elections and sow political discord, with a jab at Google. "The actions we've taken in response - beginning with the steps Facebook's General Counsel, Colin Stretch, outlined to this Committee a year ago - show our determination to do everything we can to stop this kind of interference from happening". Twitter says Trump not exempt from being banned Trump praises Arizona governor's pick of Jon Kyl to succeed McCain MORE (R-Ariz.) at a hearing Wednesday morning focused on foreign influence operations on social media.

Google too was to be present at this hearing, but the company did not send a senior executive.

Moscow denies involvement, and Trump - backed by some of his fellow Republicans in Congress - has repeatedly dismissed investigations of the issue as a partisan witch hunt or hoax.

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A pink Cadillac pulled up in front of the museum before the doors opened, and the crowd burst into applause and song. By the way, Davis is putting together a tribute concert for Aretha, set for November 14 at Madison Square Garden.

Part of his time will be spent answering to Republicans who falsely are claiming social media companies are censoring conservatives.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones held a press conference outside the Senate hearing room as the testimony began to criticize the social media companies for banning him and his website Infowars from their platforms.

In prepared remarks released Tuesday by the Energy and Commerce Committee, Dorsey said his company "does not use political ideology to make any decisions, whether related to ranking content on our service or how we enforce our rules". "It's not fair to large portions of the population", Trump said at a press conference last week.

For more coverage of congressional hearings on social media, see the TOPLive blog. Republican Senator Marco Rubio said the company might have skipped the hearing because it was "arrogant". "It violated the values of our company and of the country we love".


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