Overwhelming majority say social media companies have too much influence: poll

An overwhelming majority of voters say that social media giants like Facebook and Twitter have too much influence over how people consume their news, according to a nationwide survey released on Friday.

The Hill-HarrisX poll showed 70 percent of voters believe social media giants have too much influence over the mix of news that people see on in their feeds. Another 22 percent thought these companies had “just the right amount of influence.” 

Just 8 percent said social media companies have too little influence on news consumption.

Though voters largely agreed across party lines, Republican respondents were slightly more skeptical about the role of social media sites in shaping the news people see.

Seventy-five percent of GOP voters said these companies hold too much power, compared to 67 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of independents who said the same. 

Social media behemoths like Facebook have faced intense scrutiny from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

In October, Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Michigan governor urges Zuckerberg to enforce community guidelines after hate speech, threats surface Smaller companies testify against Big Tech's 'monopoly power' MORE testified in a congressional hearing, where he faced a deluge of questions over the company’s track record on everything from hate speech to privacy and misinformation.

During the hearing, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillary Clinton responds to backlash: 'I will do whatever I can to support our nominee' Klobuchar dismisses White House lawyer's jab about Democrats wanting to be in Iowa The Hill's 12:30 Report: Rules fight sets stage for first day of Trump trial MORE (D-N.Y.) grilled Zuckerberg about the platform’s new political ad policy allowing politicians to run ads even if they include false information.

In a series of hypotheticals, Ocasio-Cortez asked Zuckerberg whether she could run ads with false information concerning her proposed Green New Deal. The CEO responded that it depends on the context in which the ads shows up.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders joins Biden atop 2020 Democratic field: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Hillary Clinton tears open wound with her attack on Sanders MORE (D-Mass.) has also challenged Facebook’s new ad policy by running an ad falsely claiming that Zuckerberg endorsed President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE for reelection. The top 2020 presidential contender has also called for the break-up of big tech companies like Facebook.

Conservatives, meanwhile, have long accused social media giants of political bias.

Earlier this year, Trump reportedly accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of “terrible bias” and suppressing his supporters at a Social Media Summit at the White House. All three companies have repeatedly denied these accusations.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conduced among 1,000 registered voters from Dec. 8-9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn