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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @12:50AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @12:50AM (#606500)

    Feinstein is at the *CENTER* of that blue area. Do not think for one second her message was not the one those companies want to promote. They are de-facto already doing it. They just want to be on the right side of the law when the lawsuits start flying.

    They grabbed their personal congress critter to give out their message. She is bought and paid for by their money. She delivered the message they want.

    Russian trolls is just the excuse they want to go full lockdown on their own platforms. Basically what they consider 'the bad guys' won and used their own platform to do it. They are pissed and want laws to make it legal for them to silence anyone they do not like. They want DMCA protection yet full control. The DMCA basically says 'you are neutral in it' they no longer want to remain that way.