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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 JoeMerchant on Wednesday December 06, @09:57PM (2 children)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday December 06, @09:57PM (#606431)

    I don't think that splitting "fair hairs" is really getting the point of representative democracy.

    We've got a system, it can be, and is, gamed, it can, and does, give control to people who have less than 50% of the vote - that's the system we have, suck it up and deal with it, or take real action to change it, whatever.

    What our system DOES do is make sure that people with only 20 or 30% of the popular vote support get elected, and that's something to be thankful for. Military junta and similar organizations can make 95%+ of their population suffer miserably for years, we at least get to fix our mistakes within 4 - if they're bad enough to really piss off a clear majority of the people.

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  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Thursday December 07, @01:21AM

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <> on Thursday December 07, @01:21AM (#606517) Homepage Journal

    "In revolutions people die." -- J. Random Slashbot

    Some other slashbot was advocating for changing our system by having a revolution.

    Out of everything I ever read on the green site, "In revolutions people die" is clearest in my memory.

    "You, Michael David Crawford, you are helping to destroy America."
    -- Anonymous Coward
  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Friday December 08, @10:16PM

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Friday December 08, @10:16PM (#607465) Journal

    Military junta and similar organizations can make 95%+ of their population suffer miserably for years, we at least get to fix our mistakes within 4...

    Within 2... one (of many) fantasy I have is that we sweep the house of all democrats/republicans and vote independent. What would Plato do? They had a pretty good grasp of the problem back then. I mean, really, it wasn't even necessary to run the experiment to predict the outcome.