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Could Jonathan Canter have a better time?

I do not think that the love shown in this week’s hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee was granted. Canter Facebook, who was nominated to lead the Department of Justice’s anti-faith unit, spoke to lawyers, just as it was finding shelter with persuasive whistle Francis Hawgen.

Meanwhile, the social media giant was buzzing about Hughen in all directions. Between the whispers and the loud noises from the company, she was not in the room and did not understand the documents she provided. But there were also dark things. According to company spokesmen, Hawgen was a thief, and reports said he had been “stolen.” (She’s not given a whistle.) Perhaps worst of all, there is a crazy conspiracy theory around the traditional media that she is a plant for Democrats on Google.

Strange as it may be, attacking a messenger is more than a little painful. Facebook is trying to confuse what Hawgen has to say. On Twitter, longtime political activist Steve Schmidt interrupted a CNN interview with Facebook CEO Monica Bickert and nailed the company’s efforts. you should Read the full thread, But my favorite line was here – “The vibration is purposeful. Answers are thought to be stimulating, boring, inaccessible and incomprehensible.

It’s easy to say that Facebook has done the last nerve for DC, and Canter has benefited the most. He sailed on two sides to save the trial, which represented a meeting of lawmakers to set fire to the legislature. He has the juice of one of the most prominent anti-faith lawyers in Washington.

He is known for his pro-democracy wing, but most of his supporters were from Republicans.

“Mr. Canter was a fierce critic of the Big Tech companies.

Canter is likely to join a new law firm on Twitter and Wick & Canter County – the so-called Twitter and jokes – there are real cups you can buy online. Lina Khan, chairman of the three-member Federal Trade Commission, compares Tim Wu, a White House technology and competition policy adviser who wrote about the need to change the anti-religious law, to companies of the Greater Gilead era. The rise of these three is a powerful expression of the feeling in DC that something must happen now.

That’s a good thing because most of the time it’s just a rumor and there’s no action. “I am a strong supporter of strong anti-religious practices in the technology sector,” Canter said at the hearing.

It will be “powerful” fiction, but we will see how much it can do if Congress does not have a broad agreement to change anti-religious law.

At this point, it should be clear that technology will be technology. We cannot expect much from them. But we can expect a lot from our elected officials.

The news that Maria Ressa, a Filipino American journalist, has won the Nobel Peace Prize, should be a wake-up call for Facebook executives and for all technology today. With its new popularity, it is difficult for social media companies to ignore its warnings about how dangerous their platforms can be in the hands of criminals. Rapler, the founder of a digital media company focused on the Philippine investigation, was in a toxic social media mine after the Dutte regime used her to follow her.

According to the Nobel Committee, “she is using her freedom of expression to promote abuse of power, violence, and dictatorship in her home country.”

And she paid a high price. A.D. As I wrote in The 2019 Times, “Rapler has been publishing articles on President Duterte’s brutal regime, extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses. A.D. In mid-2017, in a speech to the Union, President Rappler responded by criticizing the US-owned (some of the investors were actually from the United States). He tried to revoke his license. Ms. Ressa was then charged with tax evasion. Then for cyberbullying. The regime has used social media to attack reporters, such as corpses.

Still, she persevered. He also pleaded with technology companies to help him eliminate false information and false information on their sites.

A.D. In a 2019 interview, she told me, “Facebook is now the world’s largest news distributor, but it refuses to be a gatekeeper.” In fact, it hurts the whole public. ”

In a separate discussion a year ago, Facebook had to “download the lie,” and later said, “The lie told a million times is true.”

Well, here’s another truth about Maria – she’s my hero.

This week, California has quietly signed into law when it comes to protecting people. Harassment and discrimination are intended to strengthen protection for the accused. Although a previous law prohibiting the disclosure of confidential agreements in matters of sexual harassment, this extends its efforts to include discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age.

There is racial discrimination on social media and it is difficult to report issues there, with former Pinterest employee Efoma Ozoma becoming the champion, breaking the company’s NDN with its partner Erika Shimizu Banks. Ozoma recently launched the Omidiyar Network, a technology worker book for those who need workplace guidance. She describes it as “a treasure trove of technology for those who want to make more informed decisions about public interest.”

From Hawgen to Corpse to Ozoma, the idea of ​​a quiet and satisfying technologist seems to be the end of a tired trope.

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