Facebook, Google and Twitter grilled by Congress over Russian meddling – live

Tech giants go before Senate judiciary committee to explain how and why Russian operatives were given free rein to tamper with 2016 US election

3.41pm GMT

Hello and welcome to our live coverage as representatives of three American tech giants appear before Congress to explain how and why Russian operatives were given free rein on their networks to tamper with the 2016 presidential election.

Starting at 2.30pm ET, representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter are scheduled to appear before the Senate judiciary committee. Tomorrow the same three companies are to appear before the Senate and House intelligence committees.

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