America’s social media giants were back on Capitol Hill to answer for their actions in the face of a continuous effort by foreign trolls to poison American politics to their liking. This time, however, Twitter and Facebook at least had some efforts to show for themselves. Fresh off stopping an Iranian propaganda campaign without prompting or help from Uncle Sam, the tech CEOs offered a message of progress against the 21st-century trollscape. While they’ve made some undeniable strides, the long-term prognosis still looks grim.
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Superfriends unite: The looming threat of regulation has stalked Silicon Valley’s tech giants as their scandals mount. Mindful of the growing regularity chatter, both Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey stressed the industry’s efforts to police itself and work in concert. Sandberg pointed to the recent identification of an Iranian influence campaign on Facebook as a model for cooperation. In that case, cybersecurity company FireEye tipped off Facebook, which carried out an investigation of its own. “In our mind, that’s the system working,” Sandberg said.