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Ex-Twitter, Facebook Executives Urge Lawmakers to Rein In Social-Media Platforms

  • Pappas testifies in Senate with Twitter, Facebook executives
  • Social media companies deny they put profit over safety
Alex Roetter, former senior vice president for engineering at Twitter, Brian Boland, former Vice President of partnerships product marketing at Facebook, and Geoffrey Cain, senior fellow for critical emerging technologies at the Lincoln Network, are sworn-in.

Alex Roetter, former senior vice president for engineering at Twitter, Brian Boland, former Vice President of partnerships product marketing at Facebook, and Geoffrey Cain, senior fellow for critical emerging technologies at the Lincoln Network, are sworn-in.

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A top executive for the video app TikTok Inc., which is owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance Ltd., told a US Senate panel that it’s negotiating with federal regulators on restricting access to user data for employees in China, but declined to commit to a total cutoff. 

Senator Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, repeatedly asked the platform’s Chief Operating Officer, Vanessa Pappas, to say the company would seal off Chinese access to all US data. Pappas declined to do so, instead saying that the company will continue to cooperate with federal agencies in drafting an agreement to protect US user data.