Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s time in the hot seat (or booster seat) in front of the Senate made for great political theater, but considering he wasn’t under oath and didn’t seem all that informed, it’s questionable whether it will amount to much in the long run. But it did provide some enlightening moments, particularly when we saw just how unenlightened these Silicon Valley masters of the virtual universe can be when faced with tough questions about the consequences of their own products.
In one of the better exchanges of the day, Sen. Ted Cruz tried to nail Zuckerberg down on whether Facebook ever was as heavy-handed in policing and removing liberal content as they are with conservative pages (like our Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day page). It was like trying to nail a Jello mold to the wall, but the very slipperiness of the process effectively answered the question.
There are recaps of the rest of the testimony all over the Internet, so I won’t bother to go through it in detail. Just pay particular attention to the new scrutiny being given to Facebook’s alleged aid to the 2012 Obama campaign in letting it access all their user data, reportedly because they wanted Obama to win, which could be considered a massive, illegal in-kind campaign contribution. (Note, too, that when Obama got all of the Facebook users’ data, the media praised him as an innovative genius; but when a company hired by the Trump campaign utilized data from some Facebook users, it was the worst crime since Al Capone.)
And of course, since this is about Facebook, we have to kill a little time during the work day just entertaining ourselves. Here’s the quote of the day, from Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy:
And here is Diamond & Silk’s response to Zuckerberg’s grilling and Facebook’s attempt to brand them as a “danger to the community” for being black women who support Trump (Moral: Don’t mess with Diamond & Silk.)
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