For most people, watching a Senate hearing on any topic falls somewhere between “boring” and “please gouge my eyes out” on the scale of things that interest us. But when the Silicon Valley tech czars testified in front of the Senate this week, it was ELECTRIC.
Total side note: Who told Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook to jump in a tanning booth right before the hearing, in order to look more human? Results not convincing!
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) just about made Mark Zuckerberg swallow his tongue during the hearing. Hawley showed Zuckerberg internal screenshots of Facebook’s censorship platform, which a whistleblower provided to his office. What happened next was pretty remarkable.
For context, it’s important to understand what the tech companies actually fear. They don’t care about amending Section 230 or some of the other threats that Congress has made toward them. What they do fear is US antitrust law.
It’s one thing if Google is censoring conservatives on YouTube and its other platforms, while Twitter is censoring users on its platform and Facebook is censoring conservatives on Facebook. But if the companies are coordinating their censorship actions, they’re in violation of US antitrust laws.
When you watch this video, that’s what Hawley is really pressing Zuckerberg to deny under oath. He asks Zuckerberg multiple times to deny coordination with Google and YouTube on their censorship efforts.
And Mark Zuckerberg, one of the most powerful tech oligarchs on the planet, suddenly looks like he accidentally swallowed a frog. Check it out!