Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) exposed a tool used by Facebook to monitor its users’ activity even when they are not using the social media service during today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday where he received a grilling from Hawley, the freshman senator who has emerged as one of the leading opponents of Big Tech hegemony in Washington D.C.
“Centra is a tool Facebook uses to track users not just on Facebook, but across the internet — their messages, their linked accounts, and the pages they visit across the web,” Hawley explained as he grilled Zuckerberg.
“Centra also uses behavioral data to monitor users’ accounts even if those accounts are registered under a different name,” he added, providing a visual aid to show how the software operates.
Zuckerberg attempted to play dumb about the program, but Hawley continued to press on.
“I’m sure that we have tools that help us with our platform and community integrity work, but I am not familiar with that name,” Zuckerberg said.
“Do you have a tool that does exactly what I described…or are you saying that it doesn’t exist?” Hawley asked.
“Senator, I’m saying that I’m not familiar with it, and that I’d be happy to follow up and, and, get you and your team the information that you would like on this, but I, I, I’m limited in what I can, uh, what I am familiar with and can share today,” Zuckerberg said, stammering through his non-answer.
“It’s always amazing to me, Mr. Chairman, how many people before this committee suddenly develop amnesia. Maybe it is something about the air in the room,” Hawley responded facetiously.
The entire exchange between Hawley and Zuckerberg can be seen here:
Big League Politics has reported on Hawley’s crusade against Big Tech and the special Section 230 subsidy that they receive from big government to sustain their illicit monopoly:
CNS News reported that Missouri Senator Josh Hawley sent Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey a letter on May 27, 2020 taking the company to task for “fact-checking” President Trump’s about mail-in ballots.
In a number of Tweets he made on May 27, Dorsey sustained that Trump’s comments regarding mail-ballots being filled with fraud “may mislead people into thinking they don’t need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots),” Dorsey Tweeted. We’re updating the link on @realDonaldTrump’s tweet to make this more clear,” Dorsey continued.
Hawley noted that on Tuesday, “for the first time ever, Twitter branded the President’s tweets with a ‘fact check’ designed to encourage readers to believe that the President’s political speech was inaccurate.”
Hawley commented, “Twitter’s decision to editorialize regarding the content of political speech raises questions about why Twitter should continue receiving special status and special immunity from publisher liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.”
Facebook and other Big Tech entities must be put into check, otherwise the Orwellian Nightmare will likely become permanent.
Mitch McConnell Preparing Exit Strategies, Potential Successors in Advance of Possible Retirement
Will Mitch retire?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly created a shortlist of potential successors, with the establishment Republican considering a possible retirement before his term ends. McConnell was reelected to another Senate term in 2020, and the Intercept broke the news of his retirement considerations on Thursday.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is reportedly McConnell’s first pick for his successor. Former UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams are also possible replacements. McConnell, 79, has served as a Kentucky Senator since 1985.
Kentucky law currently would allow Governor Andy Beshear- a Democrat- to appoint McConnell’s successor if he retired. However, McConnell is pushing for the Republican state legislature to pass reforms allowing them to select replacements for Senators who have resigned. McConnell’s quiet boosting of legislative reforms to appoint interim Senators led to the reports of his potential retirement, although it’s unclear when he plans to leave the picture.
McConnell largely alienated the Republican Party with a forceful denunciation of former President Donald Trump during the second sham impeachment trial targeting the President, although he declined to vote to convict the President on the basis of legality. A Republican candidate in the mold of McConnell’s 20th century style would have a difficult time winning a Kentucky GOP primary, and McConnell’s appointed pick may start off in such an election with a considerable handicap. In addition, the legacy Senator remains popular in Kentucky, although at least one county party censured him for his betrayal of Trump in January.
Congress2 days ago
REJECTED: Marjorie Taylor Greene Stops Cori Bush’s Amendment to Allow Violent Convicted Felons to Vote
Congress2 days ago
Deranged Democrat Demands Prosecution of 40,000 Trump Supporters Who Were OUTSIDE Capitol
Big League National Security3 days ago
Washington DC Democrat Government Poisons Michigan National Guard Troops With Uncooked Meals, Metal Shavings
Snowflakes3 days ago
Stanford University Babies Demand “Removal” of College Republicans from Campus
Two Americas2 days ago
POLITICAL HIT? Pro-Trump Portland, Oregon Print Shop Owner Gunned Down in Parking Lot
States2 days ago
HUSH MONEY? Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Pays Off Deposed Health Director Overseeing COVID Nursing Home Deaths
White House3 days ago
Biden White House Will ‘Start Acting Now’ on Slavery Reparations Without Congressional Approval
Deplorables3 days ago
Lauren Witzke Clashes With Richard Grenell Over His Promotion of Transgenderism; Con Inc. Wants Her Cancelled!