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Justice Department to discuss concerns that social media companies may be ‘stifling’ ideas on their platforms

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says it’s convening a meeting later this month to discuss concerns that social media companies may be hurting competition and “intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas on their platforms.”

The statement comes as Facebook and Twitter executives appeared at congressional hearings Wednesday. Both companies pledged to better protect their social media platforms in the 2018 elections and beyond.

Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley says Attorney General Jeff Session will meet with a number of state attorneys general later this month to discuss the department’s concerns.

Some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have pushed the idea that Twitter is “shadow banning” some in the GOP because of the ways search results have appeared. Twitter denies that’s happening.

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