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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: 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_ []

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