House panel invites Facebook, Twitter, Google to Nov. 1 hearing

House panel invites Facebook, Twitter, Google to Nov. 1 hearing

Social media available to testify Nov. 1 about Russia and US election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from Facebook Inc ( FB.O ), Twitter Inc ( TWTR.N ) and Alphabet Inc’s ( GOOGL.O ) Google have been asked to testify about Russian meddling in the 2016 US election before a House of Representatives panel on Nov. 1, a congressional aide said on Thursday.

Executives from the companies were already due to appear the same day before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Moscow’s alleged role in the election.

But the aide said they had also asked to offer testimony at a public hearing of the House Intelligence Committee.

Aides to the committee’s leaders declined comment. It is House Intelligence policy not to discuss the interview schedule.

Some US law makers, increasingly alarm about about evidence that hackers used the internet to spread fake news and any watts last year’s election, have been pushed for more information about social networks in particular

The Senate and House intelligence committees are two of the main congressional panels probing allegations that Russia seek to interfere in the US election to boost Republican President Donald Trump’s chances at winning the White House, and collusion between Trump associates and Russia.

Moscow denies any such activity, and Trump has repeatedly dismissed allegations of collusion.

Facebook confirmed that company states would tryify. Google and Twitter didnt immediately respond to requests for comment.