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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: 2) by Runaway1956 on Wednesday December 06 2017, @08:50PM (5 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06 2017, @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 2017, @09:34PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @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 2017, @02:38AM (1 child)

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07 2017, @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 2017, @05:12PM

        by bob_super (1357) on Thursday December 07 2017, @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 2017, @04:37AM

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07 2017, @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 2017, @10:36PM

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Friday December 08 2017, @10:36PM (#607473) Journal

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