only guilty of dong precisely what every other for profit corporation in America is doing… maximizing

…Facebook, Twitter, Google are only guilty of dong precisely what every other for profit corporation in America is doing… maximizing profit$$$$…

Takeaways from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook, Twitter and Google

By Callum BorchersNovember 1 at 2:29 PM  Attorneys for tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google appeared on Capitol Hill for the second day in a row on Wednesday, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about their efforts to prevent Russian meddling in U.S. politics. The same firms answered questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

On the off chance that you didn’t spend three hours watching Wednesday’s hearing live, here are four takeaways to get you caught up:

Facebook, Twitter and Google agree that they could have done better in 2016  The first step is admitting you have a problem, right?

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) demanded a yes-or-no answer to the following question from representatives of all three companies: “Are you satisfied with your platform’s response to foreign interference in the 2016 election?”

Google general counsel Kent Walker tried to dodge, at first. “We are constantly doing better,” he replied. Pressed by Wyden, he said, “We could have done more.”

“I’ll take that as a no,” Wyden said.     Twitter’s acting general counsel, Sean Edgett, was more direct. “No, we need to do more,” he answered.

“The same is true,” Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said.

Recall that Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg initially bristled at the suggestion that fake news on his platform could have influenced the presidential race. An admission that the network failed to adequately police content is no small thing.

Edgett got specific about one of Twitter’s shortcomings when he said that “when we approached Russia Today, last year, to talk about our advertising products and to sell them our advertising services, they were approached as a regular news organization, like the BBC or an NPR.”

“Do you consider RT to be a regular media organization?” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) asked.

“Obviously not now,” Edgett replied. Twitter announced last week that it would ban advertising by RT and Sputnik “based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government.”

 

Some senators are not convinced that the companies are doing enough now

As tech companies talk 2016, a key question may never be answered

Did meddling efforts reduce turnout enough to help Trump win?

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Proof it pays to be a “white” shooter in Trump’s Making America Great Again..

…Proof it pays to be a “white” shooter in Trump’s Making America Great Again..

 

Trump calls terror suspect ‘an animal’ and says ‘send him to Gitmo,’ wants to close diversity visa program

The president called on Congress to immediately dismantle the Diversity Visa Lottery program, through which, officials say, the suspect entered the U.S.

By Philip Rucker  •   Read more »

Training … but … no substantive penalty for abusive behavior … looks like “feel-good” to me…

…Training … but … no substantive penalty for abusive behavior … looks like “feel-good” to me…

 

Push for anti-harassment training on Capitol Hill gains momentum

Lawmakers are taking another look at workplace protections amid rising acknowledgment of persistent sexual harassment in politics and media.

By Elise Viebeck and Michelle Ye Hee Lee  •   Read more »

WE allowed all these forms of sexual harassment as WE were busy seeking our pot of gold

…Let’s face it … for decades WE have been addicted to …“achieving the almighty $$$… As quickly and as easily as possible … WE allowed all these forms of sexual harassment as WE were busy seeking our pot of gold…

CBS Hit With Workplace and Sexual-Harassment Lawsuit

In the past month, women from ABC, Nickelodeon, and Amazon have also lodged complaints about inappropriate conduct at the office. ……….Continue reading

Let’s face it … “big-pharma” like all for-profit-corporate-bu$ine$$ took the opportunity WE provided them to screw us to the wall as WE became incredibly complacent

…Let’s face it … “big-pharma” like all for-profit-corporate-bu$ine$$ took the opportunity WE provided them to screw us to the wall as WE became incredibly complacent…

Why Should Taxpayers Pay for the Opioid Crisis When Pharma Caused It?

By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet

Trump has announced a national public health emergency over opioids for a scourge created by Pharma. READ MORE»

TV News Has an Ugly Role in the Pharma Epidemic That Has Killed 200,000 Americans

By Rick Gell, AlterNet

There’s a virtual TV media blackout on the topic of Pharma’s role in the crisis. READ MORE»

The New York “shooter” fit Trump’s idea profile so Trump could really unload on the dude

…The New York “shooter” fit Trump’s idea profile so Trump could really unload on the dude…

Trump’s Politicized Reaction to New York Attack a Far Cry From Las Vegas Shooting

By David Smith, The Guardian ……The President reacted to the New York attack by targeting Chuck Schumer for sponsoring a diversity immigrant visa program under which Sayfullo Saipov entered US. ……….READ MORE»

…How can WE tolerate this form of “justice” in America…???

…How can WE tolerate this form of “justice” in America…???

Judge in Mississippi prevents mother who can’t pay court fees from seeing her baby—for 14 months

 

By Kelly Macias  …..2017/10/30 · 19:01……..After several different high-profile investigations of judicial practices and police departments around the country, one thing we know is that the inability to pay court fees and/or bail can be a reason for someone to needlessly stay involved in the criminal justice system. This is why advocates say that reforming these kinds of practices are necessary for economic justice. But it’s also necessary in order to respect the dignity of poor families. Because apparently, in Mississippi, unpaid court fees can be a reason to keep a mother away from her child.