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This exchange between the witnesses and subcommittee members is a performance of their agreement, "social media platform" (publishers) will execute US government laws prohibiting "hate speech" and foreign-funded electioneering to the best of their ability. This 10 minutes is precise of two-hours more of witness interrogation by other subcommittee members to ascertain current technical abilities and capacities and obtain explicit agreement from each corporation's officer.

To summarize: The witnesses testified, each relies on paid human-int (employees), user complaints, and automated rules ("algorithms") in combination to identify, evaluate, or validate objectionable "user content". Note also SALGADO's responses and silences throughout the hearing as subtle counterfactual.

The headline topic "Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online" is pretext to secure far more ranging cooperation from these publishers to police "user content", eg. number of cell text message responses to a posted solicitation, and legal identity of "users", eg. "beneficial owner of a (shell) corporation". In generally, Democratic Party members were preoccupied with instances of suspected Russian "meddling and interference" such as false voter instructions; Republican Party members were skeptical of witnesses' claims in terms of operating capacities and technical expertise to avoid first amendment violations.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 6th, 2017 at 05:48:34 PM EST
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