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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: 2) by Gaaark on Thursday December 07, @03:43PM (2 children)

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07, @03:43PM (#606828) Homepage Journal

    I've been voting Green the last few years because both the Liberals and the Conservatives (Canadian) are too entrenched and have too many connections that they have to pay by giving tax breaks etc to.

    The greens seem to be slowly climbing in the political ranks here: the NDP are the 'official' third party here, but they seem to be kind of stupid.... Bob Rae got in as the NDP leader/Premier of Ontario (on voting day, my wife and i were sick as DOGS and couldn't leave the bed to go vote: now we always vote on the early polling days) and spent money like fecking crazy, then had to cut like crazy to make up for it and bit off the hand that fed him..........crazy mess).

    I'd like to see a revolving door of, maybe Green/NDP for a while, maybe.

    I guess my peeve is that 'big business' has just tooooooo much power/money nowadays, and REALLY needs to be hacked away at and their power lessened. THAT may take a revolution, though.

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  • (Score: 2) by hendrikboom on Thursday December 07, @04:47PM (1 child)

    by hendrikboom (1125) on Thursday December 07, @04:47PM (#606859) Homepage

    At the start of this millennium I realized that the important political battle this century would be whether governments were going to rein in the power of the corporations, especially multinational ones, or whether the corporations were going to make governments toe the line instead.

    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Thursday December 07, @06:55PM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07, @06:55PM (#606939) Homepage Journal

      Yeah, looks like we're losing... :(

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