By Marcy GordonThe Associated PressWASHINGTON — With next week’s election looming, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google received a hectoring from Republicans at a Senate hearing Wednesday for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies’ social media platforms — and were warned of coming restrictions from Congress. Lawmakers of both parties, citing the companies’ tremendous power to disseminate speech and ideas, are looking to challenge their long-enjoyed bedrock legal protections for online speech. With worries over election security growing, senators in the Commerce Committee hearing extracted promises from Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai that their companies will take needed measures. Those measures could include blocking meddling by foreign actors or the incitement of violence to overturn the election results. Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have scrambled to stem the tide of material that incites violence and spreads lies and baseless conspiracy theories. Sen.Read more on


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