If you don't follow my Twitter feed (and if not, how have you survived this long? I warn you, though, if you don’t have a sense of humor, steer clear), check this link for my tweet on the Senate grilling of Mark Zuckerberg, along with other reactions to the story. Always nice to have your metaphors appreciated!
Zuckerberg must be relieved that he wasn’t under oath in testifying before the Senate, because he let something slip out that could conceivably bankrupt his company. He’s already backpedaling. I’ll let you read the details at the link, but suffice to say that if Facebook wants to keep enjoying the legal protections of a neutral platform that just hosts other people’s opinions and doesn’t insert itself into the content, then it had better start acting like a neutral platform that just hosts other people’s opinions and doesn’t insert itself into the content.
One other intriguing sidelight to the Zuckerberg testimony: an AP reporter used a hi-def camera to snap a photo over his shoulder of his binder of notes, which, when blown up, reveals what he was concerned he’d be asked about and his prepared responses.
Why, this is outrageous! How dare someone invade his privacy like…Oh wait. Never mind.
You’d think from the roasting Mark Zuckerberg took in the Senate, annoyance with Facebook was bipartisan. But the big tech companies still have one defender in DC. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer once again looked down his nose glasses to scold President Trump and Republicans in general for criticizing the tech giants. And rest assured, this has nothing to do with an analysis that found since 2010, Schumer has received a total of more than $150,000 in donations from Google and Facebook. Nor the fact that his daughter works for Facebook and his son-in-law for Google’s parent company. No, it’s because without Facebook, the poor Democrats would have no voice in the media at all!
I’ll give you a minute to pick your jaws up off the floor…Ready? Okay. In defending the multi-billion dollar tech companies, Schumer said this: “We Democrats represent average folks. Tech gives us the advantage. We don’t have a Fox News. We don’t have Rush Limbaugh who gets 20 million people a day. It’s our antidote. I am sympathetic.”
That’s right, there is no place you can go in the entire media sphere to hear a liberal point of view, other than your crazy Cousin Lydia’s Facebook page. Or maybe CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, PBS, NPR, the L.A. Times, the Huffington Post, etc. etc. etc. But to concede Sen. Schumer’s point, it is true that all of those liberal media outlets do indeed have Facebook pages. And since Facebook never seems to censor, block, or cut off traffic to those sites, the way it does to conservative sites, it’s no wonder he’s so sympathetic.
Yesterday, I directed you to a chart showing the increase in traffic mostly to liberal news sites and the drop-off mostly for conservative sites under Facebook’s recent changes. I neglected to point out that the only liberal site that had a traffic drop equal to the conservative news sites was Talking Points Memo. I have to assume that’s because it was too hard for Facebook to argue that it’s an unbiased, reliable news site when it has the phrase “Talking Points” right in the name.
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