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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 JoeMerchant on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:11PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:11PM (#606405)

    Well - I can see that perspective. Could I restate: "We were a society that operates on the principles of caveat emptor, and presume that the citizenry will either be capable of evaluating risks for themselves, hiring competent fiduciary agents to evaluate risks for them, or suffer the consequences of their ignorance of the risks."?

    Yeah, it just gets more absurd as you go. They've actually taken the "fiduciary duty" language out of real estate licensing and contracts in Florida recently, I doubt it ever happened even before I was born, but it's clearly not been practiced for decades.

    This is the same society that's bidding up bitcoin at a ~200% gain per year, sustained for the last 7 years... makes me want to quote Morrison:

    But anyway, I don't believe in it
    I think it's a bunch of bullshit, myself
    But I tell you this, man, I tell you this
    I don't know what's gonna happen, man, but I wanna have
    My kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames

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