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Senate hearing’s verdict: Russia had no measurable effect on U.S. election

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The Democrats’ theory that Russia played a major role in the 2016 presidential election falls apart more every day.

On Tuesday, a Senate hearing with social media giants revealed no discernible effect on the election from Russian forces.

The general counsel for Facebook, Colin Stretch and his Twitter counterpart, Sean Edgett, agreed, that the same fake Russian social media accounts that Democrats claim were used to help President Donald Trump win the presidency, pivoted after the election to attempt to delegitimize his win, CBS reported.

The counsels also said there was no way to determine if the fake accounts had any effect on the result of the election.

“Senator, we’re not well positioned to judge why any one person or an entire electorate voted as it did,” Stretch told Sen. Mazie Keiko Hirono, D-Hawaii.

They explained that the accounts were small in comparison to the user base of the website and that their influence is essentially impossible to quantify.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas noted that he was concerned about the social media sites policing their users to the point where conservative voices are stymied.

“The prospect of Silicon Valley companies actively censoring speech or the news content, it’s troubling to anyone that cares about a Democratic process with a robust First Amendment,” he said.

The senator highlighted a study on Google search results that showed Democrat presidential candidates had far more positive search results on the first page than their Republican counterparts.

Cruz mentioned a Republican congresswoman’s ad being banned from Twitter for attacking Planned Parenthood and grilled the counsels on the perception that their company employees were “putting a thumb on the scale of political debate and shifting it in ways consistent with the political views of your employees.”

Neither social media representative would say that their companies were “neutral” but did stress that they strive to have fair platforms for free speech, while policing “hate speech.”

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Carmine Sabia

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