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posted by martyb on Wednesday December 06, @05:13PM   Printer-friendly
from the thorny-questions dept.

The bloom is off the rose:

It was about an hour and a half into a hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee when Sen. Dianne Feinstein laid into Facebook, Google and Twitter.

"I don't think you get it," she began. "You bear this responsibility. You've created these platforms, and now they are being misused. And you have to be the ones to do something about it. Or we will."

The tech giants were being grilled by Congress over Russian trolls abusing their services to meddle in last year's US election, and the California Democratic lawmaker had had it.

It was just one of very public tongue-lashings the Silicon Valley companies received over the course of three marathon congressional panels last month, held over a two-day span. The hearings were anticlimactic, in part because the three companies only sent their general counsels instead of their famous CEOs -- a point several lawmakers bemoaned during the public questioning.

Is it Google, Twitter, and Facebook who don't get it, or Senators like Dianne Feinstein who don't get it?


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @06:22PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @06:22PM (#606252)

    the slimiest trash in the R party.

    She was brought in after the murder of the mayor of San Francisco, George Moscone, as a 'moderate' Democrat, to help stem the actual progressivism he had posed. She is an ultra-fascist in liberal clothing, and you have only look at her voting record to understand that. The sad part is, many Democrats still use her, Boxer, or a variety of other horrible individuals as rallying points, rather than realizing the sickness permeating their own party, while blindly toeing the party line and claiming how much more horrible the R candidates are while not digging into the legislative misdeeds being pushed by members of their own party.

    America is sick these days, but there are some special politicians who look even sicker. Feinstein is high on that list.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @06:36PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @06:36PM (#606266)

    When the media is so effectively controlled it is impossible to educate the necessary number of people. Any traction that is gained gets a pushback by the propaganda outlets.

    Don't forget the private corps that will gladly put people in body bags if they become too inconvenient. Criminal society is the BEST! /puke

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @12:41AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @12:41AM (#606496)

    Senator Barbara Boxer quit.
    The new chick is Kamala Harris (another Neoliberal pseudo-Progressive).
    Used to be California Attorney General.
    I often didn't like how she did that job.
    In particular, she wouldn't appoint special prosecutors to go after rogue cops.

    ...and, yeah. Feinstein is a turd sandwich.

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  • (Score: 1) by redneckmother on Thursday December 07, @03:50PM

    by redneckmother (3597) on Thursday December 07, @03:50PM (#606833)

    Bingo!

    "Party Politics" are the problem. The two largest parties are not controlled by voters, but by large corporations, banks, the 1%... MONEY in general.

    AT&T once had a commercial with the tag line: "The System is the Solution". For them and the US political system (then and now), "The System is the Problem."

    --
    Pitchforks? Check. Torches? Check. Lampposts? Check. Rope? Oh crap, Colorado smoked all the Hemp!