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Senate Panel Grills Social Media Lawyers Over Election Meddling

While many of the senators praised the representatives for their companies' innovations, a bipartisan agreement was reached swiftly by the committee and oft repeated: the sheer power of each platform for personal expression is awe-inducing but the prospect of regulating ad content is a minefield of potential First Amendment violations.
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"How can you be aware? You've got 5 million advertisers per month and you're going to tell me that you're able to trace the origin of [them all?]" [Sen. John Neely] Kennedy asked. "You're telling me you have the ability to go through all of these corporations and find the true identities of every one of your advertisers? You're not telling me that, are you?"
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"How did you not make the connection that ads were being paid for - American political ads - paid for in Russian money, in rubles? How could you not connect those two dots? You put billions of data points together all the time," [Sen. Al] Franken railed.  "Google has all of the knowledge that man has ever developed and you can't put together rubles with a political ad and go, `Hmm, do those two data points spell out something bad?"

Quite a spectacle of the absurd since the "series of tubes" debacle, 2006.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 04:56:06 PM EST


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 1st, 2017 at 05:18:08 PM EST
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UK government under pressure to publish Brexit papers
London's Brexit department has so far refused to make their findings public, claiming that doing so could harm its negotiating position as talks continue with Brussels on the UK's departure from the European Union. ... A spokeswoman for the Brexit department said they recognised that parliament "does have rights relating to the publication of documents".

Ever the novelty act: government censors itself.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Nov 2nd, 2017 at 05:23:10 PM EST
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Cued up 3 hrs of testimony recorded by CSPAN, Facebook, Google and Twitter Executives on Russian Disinformation 31 Oct 2017
"How can you be aware? You've got 5 million advertisers per month ...
begins at 1:09.00.

Looking forward to falling asleep on Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee - Hearing 1 Nov 2017, if I can find a recording. iirc, it was a closed hearing. But out of that comes word from Enemy of the People that the committee has officially deputized "social media" publishers --pillers of free speech"-- in censoring "user" content.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 3rd, 2017 at 04:06:21 PM EST
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