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Twitter CEO meets with lawmakers to talk net neutrality, privacy

Twitter CEO meets with lawmakers to talk net neutrality, privacy
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with several U.S. lawmakers on Thursday to discuss issues such as data privacy and net neutrality.

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"Pleasure to meet with @Twitter’s @jack today," Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyBiden expands on Obama ethics pledge Democrats shoot down McConnell's filibuster gambit Biden signs executive order invoking 2-year lobbying ban for appointees MORE (D-Mass.) tweetedMarkey also wrote that Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Klobuchar says Senate impeachment trial of former official is constitutional: 'We have precedent' MORE (D-Minn.) and Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellSenators vet Buttigieg to run Transportation Department Hillicon Valley: Texas, other states bring antitrust lawsuit against Google | Krebs emphasizes security of the election as senators butt heads | Twitter cracks down on coronavirus vaccine misinformation Senators press federal agencies for more information on Russian cyberattack MORE (D-Wash.) attended the meeting with Dorsey as well.

Markey wrote that they had discussed net neutrality, online privacy and immigration.

 

In the House, Dorsey met with Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeBarbara Lee dons Shirley Chisholm's pearls for Inauguration Day: 'Because of Shirley Chisholm, Vice President Harris is' Watch Out: Progressives are eyeing the last slice of the budget House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis MORE (D-Calif.) Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellDemocrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? Lobbying world Democrats to determine leaders after disappointing election MORE (D-Ala.) and Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondAn attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation Pelosi to seat Iowa Republican as Democratic challenger contests election results Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow dies of COVID-19 MORE (D-La).

Each is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and have taken part in its efforts to make tech companies more diverse. Clyburn said in a tweet that they addressed this directly with Dorsey along with election security and digital ad transparency legislation. 

 

Dorsey also met with top Republican lawmakers including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyOn The Money: Treasury announces efforts to help people get stimulus payments | Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury | Judge sets ground rules for release of Trump taxes Senate panel unanimously advances Yellen nomination for Treasury Finance Committee vote on Yellen nomination scheduled for Friday MORE (Iowa) and Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda NRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents against Trump primary challengers MORE (S.D.) and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenHouse Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Energy issues rule allowing companies to develop own efficiency tests for products | GOP lawmakers push back on Federal Reserve's climate risk efforts Bipartisan fix for 'surprise' medical bills hits roadblock MORE (Ore.). The Twitter CEO's conversations with them focused more on potential misuse of the platform, according to tweets the lawmakers posted after their meetings.

“As part of Twitter’s regular outreach to Capitol Hill, Jack is meeting with several members of Congress on a wide range of issues, including our work to promote the public health of conversations online and to protect data privacy,” a Twitter spokesperson said of the meetings.

 

Earlier this year, Thune’s Commerce Committee held a hearing on extremist use of social media platforms. The hearing’s witness panel featured representatives from major technology companies, including Twitter.

An aide for the Senate Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerThe next pandemic may be cyber — How Biden administration can stop it Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief Social media posts, cellphone data aid law enforcement investigations into riots MORE (Va.) on Thursday confirmed that the senator also met with the Twitter CEO to discuss Twitter's forthcoming transparency center, data issues and other unspecified regulations. 

Warner has been a vocal critic of Twitter over how it handled Russian election interference on its platform during the 2016 presidential election.