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posted by martyb on Wednesday December 06 2017, @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: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @06:22PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @06:22PM (#606253)

    The US has long had lofty ideals but shitty SHITTY implementation. Now we have the internet and it is dragging some of the remaining mud holes into the 21st century where bigotry is bad. The locals get to see how life could be, and the dark corners are getting an uncomfortable amount of light shining down on them.

    The education system has been screwed up for a while now, 2000 was really the turning point when they began implementing all the standardized testing / exit exam bullshit. Critical thinking was replaced by rote memorization. It is hard to tell whether this was an intentional dumbing down or just a colossal fuck up in the quest for metrics. We really need to worry less about bean counting beyond making sure civilization has what it needs along with stores for future crises. After that squeezing every last minute of productivity out of a worker's day is counter productive to society as a whole, stress and all that.

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