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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, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday December 06, @08:28PM (3 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06, @08:28PM (#606370) Journal

    the R guys would be blaming G, FB and T for being a hive of evil libruls

    But, they ARE evil libruls. Sillycone Valley is well known for pushing liberal agendas. Unfortunately, we seem to be trapped between the evil libruls and the evil exploiters, with little if any middle ground.

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  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Wednesday December 06, @11:18PM (2 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Wednesday December 06, @11:18PM (#606468) Journal

    Just so you know, Silicon Valley's "agenda" is not liberal by any acceptable definition of the word. But if you let mass media drive the narrative, then all bets are off.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @11:21AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @11:21AM (#606762)

      Aspiring hackers want to know: what is Silicon Valley's "agenda"? And what are the acceptable definitions of liberal?