Warren: ‘I’m the one to use every tool in the toolbox’
MSNBC host Mehdi Hassan asked Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Sunday whether Facebook executives should face “criminal investigations” for various social ills.
Hassan cited his earlier interview with Facebook investor Roger McNamee, who said the social media giant could be criminally liable for everything from price-fixing to collusion in human trafficking to the January 6 Capital riots. Is.
Hassan told Warren, “Mark Zuckerberg in the past called you a potential threat to Facebook.” “Is it time more people on Facebook face real criminal investigations?”
Warren, who has long called for Big Tech giants like Facebook to be disbanded, did not respond directly, saying the government had a “limited number of tools” to rein in it.
“One of them is regulation,” she said. “One of them is to enforce anti-trust laws to break them. And one of them is to make sure we enforce the current criminal laws. We need to work on all three fronts at once. Facebook is so The concentrated power is that it has its own political influence, and we have to stop it, and we are running out of time to do it.
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“I’m here to use every tool in that toolbox where Facebook is concerned.”
Facebook is under the microscope after whistleblower Frances Haugen blasted her former employer before Congress and on “60 Minutes.” Haugen released documents showing that the company puts profits before the well-being of the user through its algorithms. He also struck down the inadequate response to undemocratic efforts by foreign entities, describing it as “an issue of national security”.‘
Democrats have raided Facebook for insufficiently pouring out misinformation on the election, coronavirus and other issues.
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“The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world,” Haugen said.
Hassan, an outspoken leftist, sympathized with McNamee’s call for a criminal investigation into Facebook on Saturday, when Zuckerberg’s former adviser said Facebook was “effectively implicated as an adjunct to an insurgency” and “legalised”. danger”.
“When you put it that way, Facebook has a lot of things to answer for,” Hassan laughed.
Hassan continued his humiliation on Sense’s Sunday as well. Joe Manchin, DW. VA, and Kirsten Cinemas, D-Ariz., on their opposition to the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better package, asked Warren what was “moderate” about “allowing the planet to burn”.