Three months before November’s mid-term elections, leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee acknowledged that foreign operators are using social media to divide Americans, spread disinformation and undermine U.S. elections.
Republican Senator Richard Burr, who chairs the committee, said it was a complex problem that Congress must take every bit as seriously as terrorism:
“…it’s also the case that social media isn’t going anywhere. It’s part of how we exchange ideas and stay connected. It binds us as a community, and gives voice to the voiceless.
This was never about election, it is about the integrity of our society.
So how do you keep the good, while getting rid of the bad?”
Senators also on Wednesday rejected an amendment (50-47) that would have earmarked $250 million for election security.
North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis was among those voting against the appropriation, which needed 60 ‘Yea’ votes to advance.
Senator Burr was recorded as having not voted.
Click below to hear Burr’s opening remarks Wednesday morning before the Senate Intelligence Committee: