Facebook, Twitter may testify before US Congress

The social media giant pulled "several promoted events" aimed at spreading anti-Muslim rhetoric during the presidential election.

Most of the ads were deleted by Facebook, which said last week that it had suspended accounts it found were linked to Russian organizations that were advertising on political issues such as immigration and LGBT matters during the campaign.

"Due to the town of Twin Falls, Idaho, becoming a center of refugee resettlement, which led to the huge upsurge of violence towards American citizens, it is crucial to draw society's attention to this problem", the event notice began, according to The Daily Beast.

"We're trying to work through the parameters and figure out where does the hearing take us, what is it we're looking for, and importantly we know it has some value to our investigation", Burr likewise told the Hill.

It is still unclear how many similar events were created using Facebook's events management tool.

Now, The Daily Beast says Facebook has confirmed that at least some of these ads were used to promote the anti-immigrant agenda.

The organizer of the protest, Secured Borders, an avowedly pro-Trump, anti-Clinton and anti-immigration community, was reportedly managed through a St. Petersburgh-based media conglomerate owned by Russian businessman Yevgeny Pridozhin, a longtime friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Though 48 people said they were "interested" in attending, only four said they went to City Council Chambers, according to the page, though that doesn't actually mean anyone showed up. Facebook, the world's largest social network, said last week that an operation likely based in Russian Federation had placed thousands of USA ads with polarizing views on topics such as immigration, race and gay rights on the site during a two-year period through May 2017.

"That somehow that was something they didn't think was relevant, which is again why I think this is the tip of the iceberg".

"Our analysis suggests these accounts and pages were affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia", Facebook said. "I've wondered about that", Warner said.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is one congressional group now investigating allegations of Russian interference in the November elections past year and possible ties between President Donald Trump's team and the Kremlin. The Kremlin has dismissed the allegations and denied any involvement in the DNC hack.

"Federal law has long recognised that American elections belong to Americans".

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