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The Daily Countable:🌷🌸 Spring cleaning in Congress... and, 🌸 Should Facebook be regulated? 💬

by Countable | Updated on 4.6.18

TGIF, friends. Lawmakers may not be saying "TG" so much today, since they're back in Washington on Tuesday, with a heavy group of issues to plow through before Congress's Memorial Day recess. Six whole weeks of work! Imagine the possibilities. Here's a preview of the coming days:

On the Radar

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify at two Congressional hearings next week about how his company protects user data. On April 10, he'll testify before a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees; on April 11, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. What questions do you want Congress asking the Facebook CEO? Let them know here.

  • Or is it not about what Congress will say, but what they should do? Is it time for the government to regulate Facebook? If so, what is the right regulation? Federal Trade Commission imposing fines for data breaches? Federal Election Commission police political advertising? Or should it be a state issue? Tell us your thoughts here.

Under the Radar

This week both Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams appeared at the National Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. Adams advocated strongly for members of the public to carry overdose antidote drugs, while Gottlieb argued for internet companies to police online sales more aggressively. Do you support the surgeon general’s advisory? Click here to read the full story.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president received his daily intelligence briefing in the morning.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, April 10th.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, April 9th.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

It's a beautiful spring, folks -- a season of renewal and rebirth and a literal and figurative cleaning-house. The question I ask myself: how do we bring that lovely, sweeping optimism to our government? Can we expect action in a way that increases our civic ties and expands our Reps' accountability? Let me know what you think, folks. Bigger and deeper questions coming on Monday. As always, keep in touch. Your thoughts and needs directly determine the future work of this crazy venture called Countable.

—Andrea Seabrook & Josh Herman

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • NoHedges
    04/06/2018
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    Congress works for the same individuals who employed Cambridge Analytica, aka the Trump administration. Leaving the only person who should be asking Facebook 'the questions' is Mueller. And hopefully, he can use the data breach exposed and employed by Cambridge Analytica to determine the extent and manner our elections were and continue to be influenced. This whole build up of the Facebook Investigation is a mirage designed to fish and contaminate damaging pieces of evidence tying Cambridge Analytica to Trump. 🚥My question to Mr. Zuckerberg would be: Are there any connections between the data breach caused by Cambridge Analytica and any of the assailants involved in the nearly 60 most recent, 2018, attacks of gun violence here in the US?

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  • RyanSpencer
    04/06/2018
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    No, they are a private company who messed up their own reputation. If they keep making mistakes, then they will go out of business. Simple as that.

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  • CitizenBerk
    04/06/2018
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    Nope. Sets a dangerous precedent. Regulate Facebook & all social media will end up under the government’s thumb and then its magnifying glass shortly after that. And as reactionary & impulsive as this administration is, only a matter of time before all dissenting voices no longer have one.

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  • Kristen
    04/06/2018
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    Facebook should be dissolved. Revoke Zuckerberg’s charter. He’s a greedy liar who betrayed every single member who trusted his platform.

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  • RadicalModerate
    04/08/2018
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    Free market self regulation is a lie.

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  • Dennis
    04/06/2018
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    55. No. Absolutely not. Facebook has nothing to do with the Government and the Government has nothing to do with Facebook. Get real.

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  • NoHedges
    04/06/2018
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    Btw it is nearly mid-April and we have yet to see the prophesied wage gains promised by the 2017 Tax Reform Scam? Wasn't it you Mr. Gardner who stated that easing all the unnecessary restrictions on these big corporations, who btw are financially much better off that the average Coloradran, would somehow magically jumpstart the whole national economy? And how about we explore the impact of climate change on the most recent ski season? I am sure I can find the details of Vail Resorts huge loss in tourism here somewhere.

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  • Jane
    04/06/2018
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    Leave FaceBook along! Leave the internet along and free from interference except where laws are broken. FB does not need to be controlled.

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  • Guy
    04/06/2018
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    Not companies themselves, but regulations for privacy of personal information. Penalties for violators should be stiff.

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  • Jesses
    04/06/2018
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    Leave the internet in peace. They (company) screwed up. However, It is people’s choice to use their services and upload their private information. Companies didn’t anything wrong because everything is said in the privacy policy. They have the right to use your information because the users already gave consent when they registered for these websites. It is their own database. The information is stored at their own servers. The real problem is that people are being misinformed about how their data is being treated. We should find another way to allow users know how their data is being used. This way, they can decide if they want to use the website or not. Privacy policy just lists all the junk that only lawyers know what it means.

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  • DrCindyBean
    04/06/2018
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    Yes. Facebook should be regulated. And Zuckerberg and Sheryl should be leaning into some indictments. They’re Criminals.

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  • Raymond
    04/07/2018
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    Every company or entity that disseminates knowledge of any kind should be regulated including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Etc, Faux News, Church related “misinformation” etc. it has gotten to the point that there is MORE MISINFORMATION OUT THERE THAN REAL, FACT BASED INFORMATION.

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  • SneakyPete
    04/07/2018
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    “Arizona's 8th congressional district special election, 2018” A special election for Arizona’s 8th congressional district will be held in 2018 following the resignation of Rep. Trent Franks. Governor Doug Ducey called a special primary election for Tuesday, February 27, 2018, and a special general election for Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Will Hiral Tipirneni (D) or Debbie Lesko (R) win their debate on March 26,2018? Will Hiral Tipirneni (D) or Debbie Lesko (R) win their election on 24 April, 2018? It’s going to be interesting in seeing how close the election is going to become, the closer to Tuesday April 24th comes. Will we be seeing a massive turnout of both Democratic and Republican candidates. Both in voters and outside supporters and donations remains to be seen. The fact that remains to be seen, is the process of the American political system taking place, of the citizens be allowed to exercise their right in voting for the candidate of their choice, without fear of retribution or fear. Let’s hope that we don’t see an outpouring of MSM hatred propaganda against ONE candidate OR the other. 4*6*18.

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  • SneakyPete
    04/07/2018
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    “Arizona's 8th congressional district special election, 2018” A special election for Arizona’s 8th congressional district will be held in 2018 following the resignation of Rep. Trent Franks. Governor Doug Ducey called a special primary election for Tuesday, February 27, 2018, and a special general election for Tuesday, April 24, 2018. It’s going to be interesting in seeing how close the election is going to become, the closer to Tuesday April 24th comes. Will we be seeing a massive turnout of both Democratic and Republican voters and outside supporters and donations, remains to be seen. The fact that also remains to be seen, is the process of the American political system taking place, of the citizens be allowed to exercise their right in voting for the candidate of their choice, without fear of retribution or fear. Let’s hope that we don’t see an outpouring of MSM hatred propaganda against ONE candidate OR the other. 4*6*18.

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  • Karen
    04/06/2018
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    Why on earth would they regulate FaceBook? Is a sharing ideas and perspectives that frightening? Absolutely NO governmental interference in any type of media, entertainment, social media, etc. please remind Republicans that their Party is all about less governmental regulation. Or is that merely when it comes to other than citizens private lives?

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  • George
    04/06/2018
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    This will not mean anything if you ignore the COMPANIES WHO ARE STEALING, SELLING, AND DISSEMINATING OUR INFORMATION!!

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  • Luke
    04/06/2018
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    Social media should just be completely and utterly annihilated, Facebook, Twitter, Insta, Snapchat, LinkedIn and Countable. ✌🏼🇺🇸👍🏼

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  • Surender
    04/08/2018
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    Republicans are ‘infuriated’ with doj and fbi for delay in docs on clinton emails that only provide cloud cover for them to distract from real crime but were entirely instrumental in providing full cover to criminals in hearings! This happens in third world countries which we are fast turning into! We keep saying we are a country of laws ... ARE WE? Trump won Republicans are in control of both houses and they are still having difficulty so obvious there is a fire somewhere? If the WH, Senate, Congress and now Judiciary are collectively abdicating their responsibility it wont take long for America to become a 4th world? So people WAKE UP before its too late. If these issues are too complex for you read up both sides, read some history, keep an open mind, stop absorbing fake news and get out of your ‘comfort closet’ because this misstep is going to be extremely problematic for generations to come!

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  • KansasTamale
    04/07/2018
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    Every company or entity that disseminates knowledge of any kind should be regulated including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Etc, Faux News, Church related “misinformation” etc. it has gotten to the point that there is MORE MISINFORMATION OUT THERE THAN REAL, FACT BASED INFORMATION.

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  • David
    04/07/2018
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    The free market of its own will force Facebook to install applicable securities to protect its users. There is no need for Gov’t to meddle in what the free market can deal with. Users can file a class action lawsuit against Facebook That will force them to do the right thing.

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