MSNBC Host Elizabeth Warren: Should Some Facebook Executives Face “Criminal Investigations?” “
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan asked Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. On Sunday whether Facebook officials should face “criminal investigations” for a variety of social ills.
Hasan cited his previous interview with Facebook investor Roger McNamee, who said the social media giant could be criminally responsible for everything from price fixing to complicity in human trafficking to rioting. January 6 at the Capitol.
“In the past, Mark Zuckerberg called you an existential threat to Facebook,” Hasan told Warren. “Is it time for more people on Facebook to face real criminal investigations?” “
Warren, who has long called for breaking down big tech giants like Facebook, did not respond directly, saying the government has a “limited number of tools” to bring it under control.
“One of them is regulation,” she said. “One of them is the enforcement of antitrust laws to break them. And one of them is to make sure that we enforce the current criminal laws. We have to prosecute all three fronts at once. Facebook is a power so concentrated that it is its own political influence, and we have to put an end to it, and we are running out of time to do it.
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“I am all for using all of the tools in the toolkit when it comes to Facebook.”
Facebook is under the microscope after whistleblower Frances Haugen lambasted her former employer in Congress and over “60 minutes.” Haugen has released documents showing what she called proof that the company puts profits above user well-being through its algorithms. She also hit on what she called her insufficient response to undemocratic efforts by foreign entities, calling it a “national security problem.”‘
Democrats have railed against Facebook for insufficiently removing what they see as election disinformation, the 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.
Left-wing outspoken Hasan sympathized with McNamee’s call for criminal investigations on Facebook on Saturday, when Zuckerberg’s former adviser said Facebook was involved “indeed as an accomplice in an insurgency” and was facing ” a legal danger “.
“When you put it like that, Facebook seems to have a lot to answer for,” Hasan said with a laugh.
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Hasan also continued his denigration of Meaning on Sunday. Joe Manchin, DW. Va., And Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, on their opposition to the $ 3.5 trillion Build Back Better package, asking Warren what was “moderate” about “allowing the planet to burn.”