Dem senator: 'Great idea' to fine social media companies over bots

Dem senator: 'Great idea' to fine social media companies over bots
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Commerce presses Facebook, Cambridge Analytic for answers on data Overnight Tech: Facebook faces crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Lawmakers demand answers | What to watch for next | Day one of AT&T's merger trial | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica attracts scrutiny | House passes cyber response team bill | What to know about Russian cyberattacks on energy grid MORE (D-Minn.) on Sunday said she supports imposing fines on social media companies that do not rid their platforms of bots after the government identifies the automated accounts.

“I think that would be a great idea, but then you need a Congress to act,” Klobuchar told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“And there are too many people that are afraid of doing something about this because we know these sites are popular.” 

Twitter told lawmakers last month that automated accounted linked to Russia retweeted President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE hundreds of thousands of times during the last months of the 2016 election.

Klobuchar, who last year introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity for elections, on Sunday called upon social media companies to provide “more resources” to purge bots from Facebook and Twitter.