Facbook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch, Twitter’s Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett, and Google’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel Kent Walker, are sworn in for a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian election activity. (Photo: AP)

Twitter missed the deadline to answer questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russia’s political influence campaign on its platform, Axios reports.

After a November hearing on election interference, Twitter, Facebook, and Google were asked to respond to a list of follow-up questions from the committee. (Those questions are not public at this time, a spokesperson for Senator Mark Warner’s office said.) The deadline was Monday—and although Facebook and Google answered the Committee’s questions, Twitter failed to respond.


“Facebook and Google met the deadline, and [with] voluminous amounts of information, Twitter did not,” Warner said in a statement to Axios. “I’m disappointed in Twitter.”

A Twitter spokesperson told Gizmodo that the company is still working on its responses and will make them available to the committee soon.

“We are continuing to work closely with committee investigators to provide detailed, thorough answers to their questions. As our review is ongoing, we want to ensure we are providing Congress with the most complete, accurate answers possible. We look forward to finalizing our responses soon,” the spokesperson said.

Warner told Axios that a delay of a day or two would be acceptable. “But if this is one more attempt for them to kind of punt on their responsibility that will not go down well with the committee,” he added.


Warner has rebuked Twitter in the past for not taking the committee’s Russian interference investigation as seriously as other tech firms. In September, he said a briefing that the company gave to the committee was “inadequate on every level” and derivative of investigative work done by Facebook.



Kate Conger is a senior reporter at Gizmodo.

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