Too Little Too Late?
Social Media’s Half-Measures

Facebook, Twitter, and Google testified last week about Russian meddling in U.S. elections. Their proposed remedies don’t go nearly far enough.

Published on: November 5, 2017
Alina Polyakova is the David Rubenstein Fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution and author of The Dark Side of European Integration.
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  • Gary Hemminger

    I agree that these tech companies need to be brought to heel. But the real issue here is the stupidity of people not to question the motives behind the “news” they get from facebook. It certainly doesn’t affect me because I get absolutely no news from facebook. Never used it, never will. Never used twitter, never will. And how does google affect me? I don’t get any news from google. I do executed searches for what I want. And usually I use Bing, not Google. The fact that people choose to be influenced by these tech companies is not a fact at all. It is someones opinion that these companies affected the election. The election was over in almost all states before it began. In California, where I live, there is no reason to even have national elections. I can call the next presidential election in 2020 rigjht now. The democrats will win. In almost all states, the election can be called today. No Russian influence is going to change this result. And the states that switched from voting for Obama to voting for Trump had in my opinion, zero to do with Russian or any other influence, and instead 100% of their perceived lack of caring by the Democrats. So get off your high horse Alina, becuase I don’t think any of the money the Russians spent on facebook adds had one bit of influence on getting Trump elected.

    That said, I agree that these tech companies need to be brought to heel. A heel on their throats is what I would like to see, because they are in the bag for liberals. You don’t have to be filini to figure that one out.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Republicans now wish to give all owners of all tech companies very large tax cuts. They also wish to impose as little regulation on tech companies—-or any companies—-as possible. They do invite you, though, to post “Merry Christmas” on Facebook and Twitter.

    • Dale Fayda

      You’re a bitter old loser. The very though of someone, anyone, anywhere getting to keep more of THEIR money from the government gives you the dry heaves. Pathetic.

  • Stephen

    Any “cure” you think you can devise is almost certainly going to be worse than the “disease”. As W.C. Fields famous said: “You can’t cheat an honest man.” If the Russians did anything in their social media op’s it was to feed preexisting beliefs. In that they were no different than the existing political parties. The only reason this “search for answers” continues is that continued inability to accept that the 63 million voted for Donald Trump. It happened. He was elected and the Russians had very little to do with it. Get over it.

  • Pait

    Russian trollbots on this site will of course take issue with the argument, and pine for the day their Trump starts jailing journalists and businesspeople who dare criticize him in his majesty. It works in Russia and now in Saudi Arabia, why does the US need the rule of law anyway?

    • Tom

      And yet, that last bit hasn’t happened on this website. Remarkable.

      • Pait

        No?

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