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GOP, Dem senators ask for laws to block foreign interference in elections on social media

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GOP, Dem senators ask for laws to block foreign interference in elections on social media
Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Sen. Richard Burr speaks as committee Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner listens during a news conference at the Capitol March 20, 2018. -
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WASHINGTON — The Senate Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan report Tuesday calling for new laws designed to prevent foreign interference on social media — the culmination of a two-year investigation of how Russian intelligence agencies sought to manipulate American public opinion in the 2016 election.

In a joint statement, committee chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, said they had concluded that new legislation was needed, including requirements that social media companies publicly disclose the identities of those who purchase political ads, something television stations have long been required to do.

Click here to read the report.

A bill sponsored by Warner to do that, known as the Honest Ads Act, is pending, but has not moved in the Senate.