Facebook hearing – the dog and pony show and the donations that were behind it


 

I watched a good portion of the Zuckerberg hearing. I came away from it thinking it was a dog and pony show. Most of the Senators were poorly lacking in having any real understanding of technology. They no doubt had their staff produce questions that were basically sound, then Zuckerberg would simply act as if he didn’t understand their question with the blank star and ask them to clarify. This of course left the Senators looking stupid. “How many categories of information do you collect?” “I don’t understand the question.”  People decide what is out there by what they place on their page.” Then he goes to his talking points of script. I can’t imagine the House hearing today. Why have almost 50 Senators asking questions, why not a handful that understand technology. But then again, all should be happy. He was very happy to support government regulation and would work with the Senators on it. One thing we did learn is that FB is working with the Special Counsel. But of course. Yes, we indeed want the thought police. Just like we have with YouTube. A previous post:

Southern Poverty Law Center secretly policing content for YouTube

The Southern Poverty Law Center is assisting YouTube in policing content on their platform, The Daily Caller has learned.

The left-wing nonprofit — which has more recently come under fire for labeling legitimate conservative organizations as “hate groups” — is one of the more than 100 nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and government agencies in YouTube’s “Trusted Flaggers” program, a source with knowledge of the arrangement told TheDC.

 

But let’s look at the money:

Facebook PAC donation to senators

Ahead of more testimony from Zuckerberg today, why not check out the contributions that senators on the Judiciary and Commerce, Science and Transportation committees have received for their campaigns from Facebook’s PAC since it started making political donations in the 2012 election cycle.

The totals are based on an NBC review of data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Check out the full interactive here. (Scroll down a good way on the page)

Here is a bit of analysis:

A MapLight analysis of contributions found that the ubiquitous social network and its employees have given more than $3.1 million in campaign contributions to federal candidates during the last decade.

Facebook donors gave more than $265,000 to members of the Senate Commerce panel, while senators on the Judiciary committee reported $284,600 during the decade. House committee members received about $323,800 from the company and its employees. Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Silicon Valley Democrat whose district is adjacent to the sprawling Facebook headquarters, received $51,050 in Facebook-related donations.

Trump, received $4,815 from eight Facebook employees. (Brave souls- wonder if they are still working)

Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon who ran unsuccessfully for the 2016 GOP nomination and who currently is Trump’s housing secretary, ranked last among presidential candidates favored by Facebook donors, receiving only $250. H/T: Fast Company

Via Free Beacon:

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, has maxed out political donations to a number of Democratic candidates including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) this cycle, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

In addition to the donations, Sandberg appeared in the hacked emails of John Podesta, the former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

A pdf file discovered by the Free Beacon that was attached to one of the emails  spoke of ‘discreet conversations’ about forming ‘working relationships’ between the Clinton campaign and the likes of Facebook and Apple. That memo referenced the work being done for the Clinton campaign by a group linked to Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Facebook told USA Today that it is important for the tech giant to “develop relationships with elected officials” when questioned on the company’s PAC contributions that have been given to members of the committees questioning Zuckerberg.

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19 Responses to “Facebook hearing – the dog and pony show and the donations that were behind it”

  1. Mustang Says:

    Given all we know about Facebook, why is anyone using it?

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      Well they are… billions of them….literally and most don’t care or appreciate what they are setting themselves up for…

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  2. Kid Says:

    The money question was ‘Why were non-offensive black women with over a million followers (ad money) who simply support President Trump deemed ‘Unsafe to the fb community’. Of course there is no credible answer not even a lying SOS one, so zuke says that their enforcement people made a mistake (an enforcement error) and it’s being corrected and he already contacted Diamond and Silk (reports say they’re saying they have not been contacted) to clear things up. Well zuke, what about the 20 thousand or more enforcement errors made on other Conservatives. ?

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Their mentor was Lois Lerner…after all she didn’t have any problem.. 🙂

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  3. geeez2014 Says:

    The closed-door meeting with Dem Bill Nelson the day before had me curious and Kid suggesting ol’ Billy asks for MONEY before the hearing starts. Wouldn’t surprise anybody, would it? And I’d not say this only happens with Dems. Why meet beforehand? To warn of what’s going to be asked? To ask for money if they don’t ask the toughies? Get Nelson some free publicity? WHY?
    This morning on FOX one of the Reps was saying what you’re saying “not much was learned…waste of time”…yup. I watched a lot of it, too. Cruz was the only one who really got to the heart of it, and even he was more milquetoast than I’d have been about Conservatives in FB’s cross hairs…I personally know Cons who have had posts taken down, accounts frozen, etc.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I never put B-Ville on FB and glad I didn’t. I was forced to start a b-ville e-mail because I couldn’t comment on blogger blogs often. I agree with you… the whole thing stinks to high heavens. The deal was/is though police and all will be happy now. He gave the green light,

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      • geeez2014 Says:

        Facebook? NO!! None of us should…I don’t even mention it there. I’m not a fan of FB but love seeing family news/pictures, etc. Not sure what you mean in your last two sentences…?

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Should have been thought police are supported by FB

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    • Kid Says:

      Why is bill nelson meeting with the zuke prior to him testifying to congress Not a Crime ?

      Liked by 1 person

      • bunkerville Says:

        They were talking about his booster seat he needed for the hearing.

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      • kid Says:

        🙂

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks so much…

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  5. Simply Linda Says:

    I really don’t like that smug faced kid, just saying (although he is 33, but he so whiny for being that age). I’ll keep Diamond and Silk alive and going on FB—keep liking and commenting, the only highlight was when Cruz referred to them, lol. I am worried about the gvt. wanting to regulate…the more they/the gvt. get into things, the worse it is.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      Only the beginning…..once the government gets into it, its all over.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. petermc3 Says:

    “The magical mystery tour is coming to take you away, take you away…. At least the Beatles had the common courtesy to dress the part.

    Liked by 2 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      Yep….I am sure it will be even better today with the House savants/

      Liked by 1 person

  7. GP Cox Says:

    I don’t trust FB, never have, but I agree that the Senators sounded as computer illiterate as me!!

    Liked by 2 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      Afraid they are too long in the tooth!!!

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