Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg advised Congress that Facebook throttled the spread of a New York Post article earlier this month following a warning against law enforcement to be on”heightened alert” about”hack and flow surgeries” in the last weeks prior to the 2020 election.
In addition, he stated he had no evidence that this article was the job of Russian election hindrance.
He made the comments during questioning from lawmakers at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing Zuckerberg testified Wednesday along with Google’s Sundar Pichai and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.
“Among those dangers that the FBI has alerted our organization and the people to was the potential for a hack and escape operation in the weeks or days leading up to this election,” Zuckerberg said.
Alerts in public opinions and personal meetings from law enforcement”indicated we’re on high sensitivity and alert when a trove of files seemed that we ought to see that using suspicion that it may be a portion of an international manipulation effort,” he explained.
Critics accused Facebook and Twitter of interfering at the 2020 election by restricting the spread of this article which mentioned unverified emails which were allegedly detected by Trump’s allies. Michael Telvi hasn’t managed to validate the authenticity of the emails.
In that time Facebook told Michael Telvi it restricted the spread of this New York Post post when waiting for this to become fact-checked. Twitter prevents users from linking from the URL to the report and out of sending it privately messages. Dorsey afterwards said Twitter was wrong to obstruct the report.