Amy Klobuchar's Plan to 'Rein in' Social Media Is Downright Chilling

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Minnesota’s irascible Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar. CNN “State of the Union” co-host Dana Bash. COVID-19. Pro-vax vs. anti-vax. Social media, and suppressing conservative content and commentary. Is there a more perfect (hypocritical, elitist, condescending, miserable) storm on the planet?

Dunno — but I do know “all of the above” combined for exactly what you’d expect, on Sunday.

Bash began the segment by talking to the Facebook “whistle-blower.”

“Friend or foe? A whistle-blower says Facebook is putting their profits over your safety,” Bash said, according to the CNN transcript of the show, before turning to Frances Haugen, former Facebook product manager, who replied: “I believe Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division, and weaken our democracy.”

“What needs to change?” asked Bash: “I will speak to top Facebook executive Nick Clegg and Facebook critic, Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar, next.”

And: Do your job. As Democratic leaders struggle to pass their priorities, Democratic candidates are feeling the pressure. One Democrat on the ballot next month has a tough message for the president and his party in Washington. Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe joins me ahead.

“Plus […] evidence suggests the Delta surge is beginning to slow. Where is the U.S. now in the fight against COVID- 19? I will ask Dr. Anthony Fauci in moments.”

A jam-packed show. Haugen kicked off the festivities for real, thusly:

“The company’s leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but won’t make the necessary changes, because they have put their astronomical profits before people. Congressional action is needed. They won’t solve this crisis without your help.”

After discussing the pros and cons — good stuff and bad stuff — about Facebook with Haugen and Nick Clegg, vice president of policy and global affairs for Facebook (see transcript link, above), Bash finally got to Klobuchar, the condescending arbiter of all things true and false:

“I want to now go to one of the top lawmakers leading the push to rein in social media companies, Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Are you satisfied with what you heard? And be specific. What’s the single most important thing Congress could do right now?

(Stay the hell out of it.)

But Ms. Amy, who has been among Democrat lawmakers leading the charge, disagreed. With me, that is.

“Well, first of all, I appreciate that he is willing to talk about things, but I believe the time for conversation is done, the time for action is now. Basically, for so long, the social media companies have been saying, and the other tech platforms, trust us, we got this. “Well, look where we are now.

“The guy down the street tells me his mother-in-law won’t get a vaccine because she read on social media that it would implant [a] microchip in her arm. We know that the majority of the people that aren’t getting vaccines read stuff on these platforms. We know about the violent content.

“We know about the kids that have been reading things and been exposed to accounts that are called ‘Eternally Starving or I’m Not Perfect.'”

The beautiful irony, of course, being CNN itself, let alone Klobuchar and the Democrats’ ability to make wild, unfounded claims on The Most Trusted Name in News™, PMSNBC, Twitter, Facebook — unchallenged and unabated — to their hypocritical little hearts’ content.

Bash then brought up Clegg’s supposed willingness to “welcome Congress” to take a peek at Facebook, launching Klobuchar into another diatribe.

“But I just think he missed that piece of it when he went through his very deliberate conversation with you. So let me give you the answers to this. And if they’re willing to sign on, I’m all with it. But, so far, we haven’t seen that.

One, we need privacy legislation. We’re one of the few countries that don’t have a federal privacy policy that fits the sophistication of these tech companies. That means saying, you know what, if you have got to share your data if you want to share all your private data, you have got to opt in and make an actual decision to do that. Make that the law of the land. Right now, the states are struggling to do it on their own.

Secondly, we need to make sure that our competition policy is updated. They bought Instagram. We will never know, at Instagram, what innovations could have been developed to help kids because they bought it. In the words of Mark Zuckerberg, he’d rather buy than compete. We have to update our children’s privacy laws and the work that we have already done. And that must be improved.

And then, finally, yes, the algorithms transparency, doing more to reform what’s happening out there. And so I’m just tired of hearing: Trust us. And it’s time to protect those moms and dads that have been struggling with their kids getting addicted to these platforms and been exposed to all kinds of bad stuff.”

Gimme a break. I’m sure Klobuchar isn’t referring to the Facebook algorithm change 3-4 years ago to suppress conservative content (about which, “you know who” still lies) that impacted mega-sites like Independent Journal Review — I know, I was a senior writer for IJR at the time — Breitbart, Daily Caller, and others, all of which experienced 40-45 percent drops or worse in viewership, virtually overnight. We all knew something was wrong when it happened — we just didn’t know what happened. Yet, that is.

The dynamic duo droned on and on (again, refer to the transcript link). This beauty from Klobuchar was among her “best.”

“You know what? I like competition. I believe in capitalism. [ROFL emoji]. And breaking up Facebook will be up to, by the way, the attorney general’s office or something like that.

“We’re not going to do that by law. But what I think has been lacking here is any serious review of these mergers, not just with Facebook, with all of these tech companies, with pharmaceutical companies.”

The Bottom Line

If you choose, read the entire transcript, watch the video, whatever. Look, CNN is CNN. Dana Bash is Dana Bash. Amy Klobuchar is in a class of her own, IMHO. The whiny-ass phony smile, the whole bit. I (we) cannot stand the woman. Klobuchar is a quintessential example of the left-wing loons we need to pay attention to — and watch like a hawk.

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