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What Should Have Happened at the Facebook Hearing

Congress doesn't have the best track record on privacy rights.

Whether or not you like Facebook, it was hard to watch Mark Zuckerberg's congressional hearing without liking congress a lot less. In between the rampant showboating and clumsy soundbites, it became clear that a lot of legislators don't know enough about technology to competently regulate it. And even if they did, the federal government's track record on surveillance and privacy rights is less than sterling.

In the latest Reason video, we explore what we would have liked to see during Facebook's congressional hearing.

Written by Austin Bragg and Andrew Heaton. Starring Bragg and Heaton. Produced and edited by Bragg.


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  • DajjaI||

    If I was Mark, I would have taken my woodchipper with me to the hearing. And revved it up before each question just to heighten the senses a bit. Would have tamped down on the stoopid.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    Yep. That's how awful the democrats are. I HATE Zuckerberg. But these SJW faggots are putting me in the position of having to defend him. He should have to,d the, all to go to hell and that he was going to arrange for the deletion of all their FB accounts

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Would have tamped down on the stoopid.

    Doubtful. I don't think there's anything on Earth that can tamp down the kind of weapons grade stupid that was on display that day.

  • Mark22||

    Whether or not you like Facebook, it was hard to watch Mark Zuckerberg's congressional hearing without liking congress a lot less.

    I though the questions from Congress were, surprisingly, quite reasonable. Zuckerberg, on the other hand, came across as an ill-informed, evasive little prick.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    So you were cool with Cory Booker, who Zuck already gave $100 million to for Mewark schools, telling him he needs to let some SJW groups into FB's books, so they can tell him how t run his business?

  • Mark22||

    I saw moderate Republicans and Democrats questioning Zuckerberg.

    Corey Booker is an embarrassment for Congress, but we didn't need the Zuckerberg hearings to figure that one out.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    I'll give you that one.

  • Flinch||

    Corey Booker is an embarrasment to the species. If aliens ever arrive from another world to examine our society, his existence is one giant wtf...

  • Aloysious||

    "Small Head Big Shirt.. go."

    larfing.

  • ||

    Yeah, I now feel like a comprehensive list of Congressional or political nicknames is missing from the LP platform. Or at least from Reason.

  • Conchfritters||

    Who the hell cares. Art Bell just died. Art was more consequential than Facebook ever was.

    Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Juice||

    He didn't really die. That's just a doppelganger body. He was taken to his new home on Xartiax.

  • Conchfritters||

    I hope so. I delivered pizzas in a college town from 1995-1999, and I fucking loved Art.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    RIP, Art Bell.

  • Elias Fakaname||

    The Doctor schlepped him away in his TARDIS.

  • Bender B. Rodriguez||

    Heaton truly is a national treasure.

  • BlueStarDragon||

    At least Reason still has Heaton.

  • Libertarian||

    Would it have killed him to shave the beard for this video. If Matthew McConaughey can lose a couple pounds for a movie . . .

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    I can't wait to post this on Facebook.

  • Zeb||

    That was great. Made me laugh.

  • Longtobefree||

    So what?
    Congress does not know anything about insurance but regulates the hell out of it.
    Congress does not know anything about healthcare but regulates the hell out of it.
    Congress does not know anything about mining but regulates the hell out of it.
    Congress does not know anything about medical research but regulates the hell out of it.
    Congress does not know anything about financial companies but regulates the hell out of them.
    Congress does not know anything about the second amendment but regulates the hell out of it.
    Congress does not know anything about the first amendment but regulates the hell out of it.
    Why not technology as well?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Top shelf video.

  • Agammamon||

    Two in one day - you're spoiling us.

  • Don't look at me.||

    One more reason to vote everyone out , every time.

  • StackOfCoins||

    The real oligarchy is on Capitol Hill. We don't have term limits because that would threaten the oligarchy.

    2-year limits, two served max, then out. Get rid of these walking dead.

  • ||

    lol.

    Good job.

    /bum taps all around.

  • Flinch||

    It is epic that when examining facebook, congress wrings its hands over 'privacy concerns'. Meanwhile, they are not concerned about a special prosecutor smashing attorney/client privilege in a white hot spotlight. Oversight or impeachment of Mueller for steamrolling 4th/5th/6th amendment protections? Nah, nothing to see here...
    Count me as one who would like to see "none of the above" take a permanent spot on all ballots: choosing the flavor of meatball to sit on capitol hill is about worthless.

  • prediksi sydney||

    sebaiknya facebook lebih mengutamakan pengguan facebook

  • prediksi singapore||

    Itu hanya tubuh doppelganger. Dia dibawa ke rumah barunya di Xartisx Saya harap begitu. Saya mengantarkan pizza di kota perguruan tinggi dari 1995-1999, dan saya sangat menyukai Art.Would itu telah membunuhnya untuk mencukur janggut untuk video ini. Jika Matthew McConaughey bisa kehilangan beberapa pon untuk sebuah film. . .

  • prediksi hongkong||

    Sekarang saya merasa seperti daftar lengkap nama panggilan Kongres atau politik yang hilang dari platform LP. Atau setidaknya dari Alasan.

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