In this episode Mike and John discuss how the conversation on Twitter unfolded around the appearances of Google, Facebook and Twitter at the so-called 'tech hearings' before representatives of Congress and the Senate in the United States.
They conclude that because so much focus was on 'Trump-Russia' rather than the role of the platforms themselves, the social media giants are getting a free pass on their position as aids to weaponised disinformation.
Show notes & links:
Business Insider - Facebook's Russia scandal isn't hurting its credibility with investors
Business Insider - Big Tech blew its big moment at the Russia hearings
The Brexit Botnet and User-Generated Hyperpartisan News by Marco T Bastos & Dan Mercea, City University London - please note there will be a full episode soon devoted to discussing this paper, with the authors, on the Disinformation Age.