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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: 0, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @08:39PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @08:39PM (#606376)

    If there was a law requiring that a person show a passport indicating their nationality before they could buy an advertisement, it would be considered a clear violation of the right to free speech.

    It's only a violation to require a person to show a passport or other ID when they actually cast their vote... Apparently... That's how the left thinks - or doesn't - these days.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:22PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:22PM (#606417)

    Because all the voter ID propositions have been carefully crafted to prevent minority voters from being able to participate. Maybe read up on some of the reasons for opposition to those plans before you ascribe some liberal conspiracy?

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by XivLacuna on Wednesday December 06 2017, @11:35PM (2 children)

      by XivLacuna (6346) on Wednesday December 06 2017, @11:35PM (#606471)

      Hahaha liberals think minorities are too stupid and/or incompetent to get voter ID. I'm at least willing to give minorities the chance to prove this horrible generalization wrong. You think of them as children incapable of getting a ride to the DMV. We have liberal social workers right now who spend time getting their clients to the DMV for a state photo ID and who register people to vote. So even if they are as incompetent as you think they are, some white savior will get them some photo ID that they need to do other stereotypical lower class thing like buy tobacco products or alcohol.

      Democrats just don't want to give up illegal invader votes along with the undead vote that always pops out of the grave. It is the only way they can win.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @12:10AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @12:10AM (#606485)

        It isn't a generalization fuck head, guess you didn't want to do any research on the topic and instead want to stick to your hate filled bubble where liberals are trying to destroy the country.

        For the lazy []

      • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @12:26AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07 2017, @12:26AM (#606489)

        Your imagination is much more limited than that of the Repug operatives.

        The same day that Alabama started their voter registration shenanigans, they also closed all the DMV offices in "The Black Belt" with the exception of 1 day a month.

        Investigative reporter Greg Palast covers this in great detail his movie|book "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy"
        The old movie - 110 minutes []
        I was just listening to him on Pacifica Radio KPFK's pledge drive.
        He was offering his stuff (the unreleased, updated version) as premiums.
        1hr, 13MB MP3 []

        Greg covers a lot of this stuff in that hour of audio (while pitching for listener-supported radio).

        ...and before that, his project was "Billionaires and Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps".

        You need to expand your sources of "information".
        As a 1st step, I'd recommend switching off Lamestream Media (anything with a corporate "sponsor").

        -- OriginalOwner_ []