2. Schiff: Trump tweets complicate election forensics
Ahead of a House Intelligence Committee virtual hearing with Facebook, Google and Twitter on Thursday, Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tells Axios that he worries the president's attacks on Twitter and other tech companies could complicate Congress' and the intelligence community's efforts to learn more about election interference, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Driving the news: Schiff says the president's criticism "certainly heightens the concerns of the social media companies and how they interact with the Congress and with the administration which threaten to make it more difficult to get information from them. I hope it won't have that impact."
The big picture: Thursday's hearing on foreign influence and election security is meant to help lawmakers and the public better understand misinformation and election security threats ahead of 2020.
Testimony is expected from:
- Nathaniel Gleicher, head of security policy at Facebook,
- Nick Pickles, director of global public policy strategy and development at Twitter,
- and Richard Salgado, director for law enforcement and information security at Google.
Schiff says the hearing is for lawmakers to learn about what the platforms are finding, not just to grill them about their actions.
One key committee goal, according to Schiff, is to understand what domestic and international efforts, if any, are being used to spread misinformation or manipulate the 2020 election.
- He notes that China's efforts to spread misinformation are significant.
- Manipulative behavior by Iran, Russia and North Korea is also under review.
The bottom line: Schiff says that he understands the tough position that fact-checking politicians' speech puts tech companies in, but "I don't think it's that difficult of a decision morally and ethically and in terms of whats right for our democracy."