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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: 2) by FatPhil on Thursday December 07 2017, @04:58PM (1 child)

    by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Thursday December 07 2017, @04:58PM (#606866) Homepage
    "required by law" to ... "enhance shareholder value"

    Or use turnabout, as turnabout is fair play.

    Perhaps the US constitution needs a clause that makes the government required by law to enhance citizenry value. Which should oblige them to tax overseas-cash-rich corporations a whole lot more.
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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by fustakrakich on Friday December 08 2017, @10:01PM

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Friday December 08 2017, @10:01PM (#607457) Journal

    It would not be prudent to tinker with the constitution during these politically dark times filled with ignorance and avarice.