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"This hearing finally got down to issues and the dominant issue today the shadow looming over cavenaugh for many Democrats, whether President Trump picked him. So he would rule in the president's favor in any cases stemming from special counsel, Robert Mueller's investigation cavenaugh offered a personal declaration of independence. No one is above the law in our constitutional system. Democrats weren't satisfied and they drilled down. What are the president himself has subpoenaed to testify? I'm Charlie harder. Executives from social media companies were questioned by a house committee today Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, telling them, his company doesn't have a political bias. We believe it's dangerous to ask Twitter to regularly opinions or be the arbiter of truth. We'd rather be judged by the impartiality of outcomes and criticised when we fail this principle. Joining us on the KOMO news line is Washington Post technology policy reporter cats. Crespi cat. This all comes as we head into the November elections, and there's chatter of Russia trying to influence people on social media. What did you see today? Thanks so much for having me on the show. I think today was a really important moment, purple, Twitter and Facebook. Addressing these concerns about election interference. Before the midterm election that we're heading into today with their day to really try and make the case law makers that they were ready to address some of their concerns of as we had election cycle. There are complaints at Twitter. Does something called shadow banning of some of its conservative users. Was that address today did come up particularly in the hearing that Jack Dorsey participated in. Afternoon. And I think there's definitely a lot of concern about better practices around free speech. There's some criticism of companies policies around banning for users and concerns that. Employees that can valley companies may have more of a left wing bias. And because of that might be. Unfairly discriminating against certain rightwing groups. The tone that Jack Dorsey took both carrying today on this issue. He repeatedly talked about the need for Twitter as a kind of digital public square and the difficult balance. But they're in when it comes to preserving free speech while also protecting privacy and safety Dorsey was air, you had Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook Google was not at least of wannabe hearings. What kind of reactions are those companies getting to their testimony today? I think lawmakers were very focused on Google absence. Today's hearing. They wanted to see also send a topic executive along with Cheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey and company decided not to and I think lawmakers, really. Left an empty chair for Google to really highlight that absence we had a couple of senators when it came their term to question the company's even say Hello to the invisible witness that wasn't sitting in that Google chair to call attention to their absence. So I think that decision has really drawn a lot of criticism for from lawmakers and will bring more scrutiny to some of Google's practices when it comes to these issues around the election. Washington Post new policy reporter for technology cats. Cranky cat. Thanks so much. It's great meeting. You. Thanks. It's nice meeting you as well. Your money at twenty and fifty past the hour on KOMO news. And here's your KOMO propel insurance money update.."