Google will testify before Intelligence Committees

Google will testify before Intelligence Committees
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Google will send its general counsel Kent Walker to testify before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees next month as part of Congress's investigation into how Russia may have used social media to interfere in the 2016 election, a company spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.

Facebook and Twitter have also committed to sending representatives to the hearings on Nov. 1.

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The hearings were announced following Facebook's revelation last month that it had sold $100,000 in political ads to fake accounts suspected of ties to the Kremlin.

Lawmakers say they plan to push the companies for more details on the extent that Russian actors may have attempted to influence the election.

The companies committing to sending representatives comes the same day as Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook This week: Democrats face mounting headaches MORE (D-Minn.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerPanic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda Democrats surprised, caught off guard by 'framework' deal Schumer announces Senate-House deal on tax 'framework' for .5T package MORE (D-Va.) unveiled new legislation that would regulate political ads on social media and ad platforms. 

Klobuchar and Warner say that their legislation aims to protect against potential foreign interference in U.S. elections.