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"WHITEHOUSE: Okay. And I gather that all of your companies have moved beyond any notion that your job is only to provide a platform, and whatever goes across it is not your affair?"

This is a crunch question for these companies - do they merely provide a platform for others, or do they bear some responsibility for the content they deliver.

They didn't answer this question directly, because to do so would be to open themselves open to civil liability for any defamations appearing on their platform.

Instead they answered specifically in the context of Russian interference in US elections because it "not only creates a bad user experience but distrust for the platform."

The same could be said for Trump - that he "creates not only a bad user experience but distrust for the platform of government..."

Understatement of the year, perhaps...

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