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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: 1, Funny) by realDonaldTrump on Wednesday December 06, @07:28PM (8 children)

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @07:28PM (#606314) Homepage Journal

    The Emoluments Clause, and the 25th and 22nd amendments are a DISASTER. Because they go against the will of the people, of the great American people. Big problems in our Constitution. But we can fix them by holding a convention. We have 25 states where the governor and the legislature are both Republican. We have 28 states that want the convention. Once we get 6 more states we can have the convention. #MAGA 🇺🇸

    t Amendment must be repealed

    We can fix the Constitution by holding a convention. We have 25 states where the governor and the legislature are both Republican. We have 28 states that want the convention. Once we get 6 more states we can have the convention. Get yourselves more Republican governor
    s and more Republican legislators. Give money, vote, get out there and run for office! Then we can fix the Constitution, or #RepealAndReplace. Go back to what we had before. Back to the Articles of Confederation. Back to the time when America was great. Everybody was
    happy, the sun was shining, the water was clean. America was second to none. Until the Constitution. #MAGA 🇺🇸

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday December 06, @08:50PM (5 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @08:50PM (#606385) Journal

    You have been modded a troll. I don't see the "damned fool" mod, or I'd use it. In today's political climate, you really expect that a political convention will fix ANYTHING?

    Oh wait. You're the same damned fool who appointed a cocksucker crony to destroy net neutrality? And, the same damned fool who is giving a sweet tax break to rich bastards and corporations - but you want to take away my 401k tax advantage?

    Yeah, you probably would think that you and your cronies can "improve" on the existing constitution. You're no better than all the queer Dummycrats who want to take away our second amendment rights, along with the first amendment, and probably most of the others.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @09:34PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06, @09:34PM (#606423)

      it sounds like that if you are suggesting that the dummycrats want to take away the 1st amendment -- then you are actually stating that the democratic party is the party of conservatives? The ones afraid of changes?

      You can't call it progressive if its censorship. You can call the censorship of new ideas conservative thinking, though.

      I know not all republicans are conservative but precious few are moderate enough to be progressive -- unless its in the favor of business innovation like the elimination of net neutrality. But they would call themselves conservatives, because the old ways before safeguards were introduced by pesky liberals are the best ways.

      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Thursday December 07, @02:38AM (1 child)

        by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07, @02:38AM (#606577) Journal

        You know it sucks that so many words have been corrupted. I use "right" "conservative" and "republican" when referring to the one party, because those are their almost-patented tags. And, "left" "liberal" "progressive" and "democrat" for the other party for the same reasons.

        Fact is, our "left" is growing to be more fascist than anything. It insists that anything it doesn't like should be illegal.

        Our Euro friends readily proclaim both of our parties to be right of center, and I won't argue with them. On their scale, I, myself, am slightly left of center, and a little north of the authoritarian line. If we actually had a left-leaning party, I might like it.

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        • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Thursday December 07, @05:12PM

          by bob_super (1357) on Thursday December 07, @05:12PM (#606871)

          > It insists that anything it doesn't like should be illegal.

          Like abortions, weed, and trans people ?
          The pot and the kettle have been rolling in the soot for a while.

    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Thursday December 07, @04:37AM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07, @04:37AM (#606643) Homepage Journal

      Except, yelling at therealDT on SoylentNews is like having an argument with a ventriloquists dummy while the ventriloquist is out of the room, lol.

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    • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Friday December 08, @10:36PM

      by fustakrakich (6150) on Friday December 08, @10:36PM (#607473) Journal

      :-) Did you throw bricks at the TV when Howard Cosell was on, too?

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday December 06, @09:24PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday December 06, @09:24PM (#606418)

    Everybody was
    happy, the sun was shining, the water was clean. America was second to none. Until the Constitution.

    So... 1787, when Native Americans still outnumbered US citizens.

  • (Score: 1) by realDonaldTrump on Wednesday December 06, @11:19PM

    by realDonaldTrump (6614) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @11:19PM (#606469) Homepage Journal

    That was a bad tweet. Sometimes my lawyers help with my tweets, I told them they need to be more careful!

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