Congress ‘Going to Have to Address’ Dissemination of ‘Fake News’

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that “the whole role of these social media platforms in terms of disseminating fake news is a policy question that we’re going to have to address.” (Screen grab from CBS’s “Face the Nation:” on July 16, 2017)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the ranking member of the Senate intelligence committee, appeared on several Sunday talk shows to discuss the never-ending, constantly expanding investigation into any possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“Clearly, this administration has not been forthcoming about what they know and when they knew it in terms Russian involvement in the elections,” Warner told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Not only do Senate investigators want to hear from anyone in the Trump campaign who ever met with a Russian – they also want to know if Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner helped Russian trolls target “fake news” to susceptible voters.

“I think the whole role of these social media platforms in terms of disseminating fake news is a policy question that we’re going to have to address,” Warner said.

Here is the entire exchange between Warner and host John Dickerson:

“Another area that it’s — it appears you’re interested in is the data operation of the Trump campaign, which Jared Kushner was overseeing. Explain that,” Dickerson told Warner.

Warner responded:

Well, we do know that there was a series of Russian trolls, paid individuals who worked for the Russian services that were trying to interfere and put fake news out.

We also know they created what’s called bots, in effect Internet robots, that actually could interfere as well. The question we have is, did they somehow get information from some of the Trump campaign efforts to target that interference?

We don’t know that for sure. But what we do want to know is, we want — I would like to talk to the folks with Cambridge Analytica. I would like to talk to some of the…

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