Sens. Warner, Klobuchar to unveil bill on Russian election meddling

Senators This specific week are slated to announce a bill they desire will curb foreign governments’ influence on American elections.

Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., along with Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., plan to announce a bill Thursday which aims to boost transparency in political ads, their offices said. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will co-sponsor the bill.

Warner can be the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, one of the congressional panels investigating Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election along with possible collusion with the Donald Trump campaign. Tech titans Facebook along with Google parent Alphabet have said they found Russia-linked ads on their platforms during the election.

Should the bill gain traction, the idea might mark one of the first major efforts to rein in political advertising on platforms like Facebook.

“Russia attempted to influence the 2016 presidential election by buying along with placing political ads on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter along with Google,” the senators said in a statement. “The content along with purchaser(s) of those online advertisements are a mystery to the public because of outdated laws which have failed to keep up with evolving technology.”

Twitter has found fake accounts along with bots linked to Russia. The company has said the idea can be taking steps to stop malicious bots along with misinformation on the platform.

In a news conference earlier This specific month, Warner outlined the adjustments he wanted to see to campaign ads on social media. He wants Americans seeing an ad to “know whether the source of which ad was generated by foreign entities.”

Warner added which users should know whether a story can be trending because real people shared the idea or because bots or fake accounts engaged with the idea. He also wants campaigns to develop the ability to see social media ads run for or against them, as they can with television along with radio ads.

Officials through Facebook, Google along with Twitter have been asked to testify at an Intelligence Committee hearing on Nov. 1.

Warner along with Intelligence Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., have said they expect Russia to try to affect the 2018 midterm elections.

Facebook can be “open to working with lawmakers along with reviewing any reasonable legislative proposals,” a company spokesman said in a statement.

In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson said the company looks forward to “engaging with Congress along with the [Federal Election Commission] on these issues.”

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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