So Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey walk up that long staircase to the principal’s office today to tell Congress their companies are not:
- liberally biased
- offshoots of secret DARPA projects
While none of that is true Sandberg and Dorsey have the decency to show up. Google did not wish to have its CEO defend the company and said it would send a lawyer/policy wonk in his stead.
In fact Dorsey is the only CEO as Sandberg is only the adult in charge over Mark Zuckerberg.
What must end, but won’t as a result of this hearing is the absolute power these and other Silicon Valley firms have over amassing data on Americans. The idea that a curiosity on beekeeping can follow you across the net for several days as you look at different sites on different devices only scratches the service of what social media/government knows about us.
Without any need to notify us except with a 400-page Terms and Conditions document you must check when you sign up to say you understand your privacy is lost.
California Senator Nancy Pelosi appears to be the guardian of Silicon Valley and its hundreds of thousands dollars in donations for her campaigns and private foundation. Pelosi went so far as getting on Twitter to mock her Republican colleagues who were complaining of being shadowbanned by tweeting that they just did not know how to use the service.
I don’t expect much from this testimony except to get the execs on the record with testimony that can then be used by anti-trust officials either in the Justice Department or the Federal Trade Commission to look into their operations further, which will occur in 2019.
No the big fireworks will happen down the hall either Wednesday or Thursday when, I believe, Representative Devin Nunes begins reading the unredacted FISA application into the Congressional Record.
This de-clas sets off the beginning of an avalanche that will see many indictments unsealed by Federal Attorney John Huber’s office.