Jack Dorsey and Sheryl Sandberg were on Capitol Hill Wednesday to talk about foreign meddling in U.S. elections and I hesitate to spend any time documenting their testimony.
It's not that this isn't important. In many respects, this is the most important issue facing Western democracies in an era where propaganda and misinformation campaigns have helped sway voter sentiment on the way to polarizing the electorate and supercharging a semi-global populist upsurge.
Rather, the reason this is an exercise in futility is that trying to figure out what went wrong, what's still going wrong and how to fix it, is about like opening up that musty, cardboard box full of tangled Christmas lights you haven't seen since you relegated it to a dark corner of the basement when you finally took the tree down midway through January. Nobody (including and especially Dorsey, Zuckerberg and Sandberg) has any idea where to start when it comes to untangling this mess.
While it's obviously necessary for lawmakers to get involved when it comes to protecting the integrity of U.S. elections, it is by no means clear that it is desirable for private companies to be subjected to onerous regulations.
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