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Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, during a news conference  in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 19. Photo: Bloomberg
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The People to Watch as Facebook, Google Face Congress

Photo: Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 19. Photo: Bloomberg

Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to face tough questions on Capitol Hill today and Wednesday about how their platforms might have been used to manipulate voters. The job of addressing lawmakers’ concerns will fall to a group of attorneys who have relatively low profiles in Silicon Valley.

The general counsels for Facebook, Google and Twitter—Colin Stretch, Kent Walker and Sean Edgett, whom we have profiled below—will be walking a fine line. While they will strive to satisfy legislators’ calls for more transparency on how a Russian-orchestrated campaign spread false and inflammatory information in the run-up to the 2016 election, they won’t want to say anything that could lead to regulations hurting their overall advertising businesses.

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