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  1. Justin Tadlock

    Jeff, you had it right in saying that Matt had a hand in the TRT changes. A lot of this started from a discussion with him a year or two ago. The team decided on these particular things back in May 2017 (if I’m not mistaken). We just never completely followed through.

    It goes back even further than that. I’d say the real conversation started here on the WP Tavern forums early in the team’s formation. It’s taken years to get to this point, but a bit more freedom and less rigidness is what many of us have been asking for from the beginning.
    That same discussion has been an ongoing theme for years now.

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  2. Patrick B

    The panel was never going to push Zukerberg because it’s always going to come down the reality that the current state of laws and regulations in the US allow for this. No matter how distressful facebooks actions are, we as a country allow it. That is true of every other actor that does, for all intensive purposes, the same sorts of things Facebook is doing.

    Undoubtedly in Facebook and Googles mind they think they walk a balance between offering services for free and using the information they are able to collect to advertise off of or provide access to build other opportunists.

    If we want that to change then the laws are going to have to change, and before that the conversation has to change. It’s way to easy for this to just be about Facebook and for people to pat themselves on the back as they rush to Twitter to post #DeleteFacebook.

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  3. Terence

    There should be nothing surprising about all the nonsense, grandstanding, ignorance and bullshit at the Facebook hearings.

    Any more than there should be any surprise whatsoever, about the prevelance of anarchy, name-calling, unjustified outing and hate-speach on Facebook itself.

    The American economy has put a Neanderthal in the Whitehouse, and given a kid the job he always dreamed of, without providing either with the ability to discharge their office with the appropriate global responsibility.

    That’s the price you pay for democracy and capitalism.

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