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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, Disagree) by frojack on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:19PM (2 children)

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:19PM (#606413) Journal

    Is it in fact Illegal?
    Your linked article does not say that. You made that part up.

    Foreign ads used to appear in newspapers all the time.

    No, you are mistaken. I've always had this sig.
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  • (Score: 5, Touché) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:21PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:21PM (#606416) Journal

    The text in the link is a direct quote from the article.

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Phoenix666 on Thursday December 07 2017, @01:13AM

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07 2017, @01:13AM (#606509) Journal

    Israel tries to influence the US all the time through its lobbying arm, AIPAC. So, if Facebook should be arrested because Russia used its platform to influence our government, then surely AIPAC must also be arrested for directly, knowingly, and willingly doing the same, right?

    Washington DC delenda est.