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 KlobucharHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release 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.”

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“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 TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report 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.