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Schiff Calls on Social Media Companies to Help Combat Foreign Propaganda

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By    |   Thursday, 05 October 2017 12:14 PM

Social media companies need to step up to the plate and start working with Congress to help combat fake news and foreign news propaganda, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Thursday.

Schiff appeared on CNN's "New Day" and was asked about reports that say pro-Russian groups purchased Facebook ads during the U.S. 2016 presidential campaign in an apparent effort to sway the election results.

"The social media companies are going to have to do a far better job," Schiff said. "They're gonna have to devote more resources and personnel. They're gonna have to take another look at their algorithms to see, are these just aggravating divisions within U.S. society?

"Some of this is going to be against their economic interests, but they're going to have to be good corporate citizens, and we in Congress are going to have to do our oversight to make sure their policies are in the public interest."

Schiff admitted, however, that the task is not an easy one. There are some news outlets like RT that are believed to be propaganda arms of the Kremlin, which presents the question of whether regulating them would stomp on free speech rights.

"Are they a journalistic organization or are they just propaganda for the Kremlin? Well, they're both," Schiff said regarding RT. "They are a Kremlin-funded effort to get the Russian viewpoint out."

Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, a panel that is conducting one of several probes into allegations that Russia tried to influence the U.S. election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with its Cold War foe.

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Social media companies need to step up to the plate and start working with Congress to help combat fake news and foreign news propaganda, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said Thursday.
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