The Democrat has emerged as a formidable critic of an industry that has long convinced Washington it’s too complicated to control. Not so, Warner says

Last month, senator Mark Warner left a closed-door briefing with Twitter visibly frustrated. He said he doubted whether Twitter grasped the gravity of the the investigation into Russian election meddling, and fumed to reporters that the company’s presentation to congressional investigators about how Russia used Twitter’s platform to influence the 2016 race was “frankly, inadequate on every level”.

The public scolding was yet another sign of Washington’s growing impatience at Silicon Valley, with the Virginia senator emerging as one of Congress’ loudest critics. This month he co-authored new legislation that would require internet companies to disclose who purchased online political ads on their platforms, the most aggressive attempt yet to regulate big tech.

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