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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, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Thursday December 07 2017, @02:38AM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07 2017, @02:38AM (#606577) Journal

    You know it sucks that so many words have been corrupted. I use "right" "conservative" and "republican" when referring to the one party, because those are their almost-patented tags. And, "left" "liberal" "progressive" and "democrat" for the other party for the same reasons.

    Fact is, our "left" is growing to be more fascist than anything. It insists that anything it doesn't like should be illegal.

    Our Euro friends readily proclaim both of our parties to be right of center, and I won't argue with them. On their scale, I, myself, am slightly left of center, and a little north of the authoritarian line. If we actually had a left-leaning party, I might like it.

    PTSD - Pretty Tired of Stupid Democrats
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  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Thursday December 07 2017, @05:12PM

    by bob_super (1357) on Thursday December 07 2017, @05:12PM (#606871)

    > It insists that anything it doesn't like should be illegal.

    Like abortions, weed, and trans people ?
    The pot and the kettle have been rolling in the soot for a while.