Twitter sheds another 6% following CEO Jack Dorsey’s testimony

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Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing concerning foreign influence in use of social media platforms, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. 

Shares of Twitter shed another 6 percent Thursday, adding to the stock’s 6 percent dip Wednesday, during CEO Jack Dorsey’s week in Washington.

Facebook, Twitter and Google have all ramped up detection efforts in light of calculated foreign misinformation campaigns during the 2016 presidential election. Twitter said last month it removed hundreds of abusive accounts, many of which had ties to Iran.

At the same time, Twitter is answering to accusations from prominent Republicans of conservative censorship. President Donald Trump has called the company’s actions “discriminatory and illegal” and vowed to look into the matter. The Department of Justice said Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be meeting with state officials later this month to discuss growing concerns around tech companies.

Dorsey is less familiar with the spotlight, though. He said during prepared testimony Wednesday he’s “typically pretty shy.”

Lawmakers and insiders commended Dorsey for his candor and apparent off-the-cuff answers during the back-to-back hearings. But it appears Twitter shareholders were harder to win over.

As of midday Thursday, the stock is on pace for its worst week since July when it shed 20 percent on a disappointing earnings report.

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