‘SNL’ cold open: Facebook unites Republicans and Democrats — in befuddlement

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“Saturday Evening Live” in this weekend’s chilly open up observed a person factor that could unite both Democratic and Republican senators  – they’re all as well outdated to comprehend Facebook.

In the show’s opening sketch, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Mikey Working day), chair of the subcommittee that read testimony very last week from Fb whistleblower Frances Haugen, thanked her for showing up just before Congress. 

“Thank you. It’s pleasant to be in an workplace with no skateboards,” Haugen (Heidi Gardner) answered. 

She mentioned that as a previous Facebook engineer she considered the social media web page could “damage young children, stoke division and weaken our democracy.”

“I take pleasure in all that,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (Cecily Strong), answered. “My dilemma is, I have 2,000 friends on Facebook. Is that very good? … Like is that a large amount? 2,000 sounds like a lot.” 

She then questioned how quite a few good friends rapper Drake has, pondering if it was around 4,000.

Haugen claimed the range of Drake devotees was closer to 50 million. 

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“Effectively, no ponder he by no means answered my poke,” Strong’s Feinstein reported in astonishment. 

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La. (Kyle Mooney), then informed Haugen he was disturbed by her testimony about Facebook’s algorithms and immediately requested “Where is it?” and started transferring his fingers outward for her to permit him know “how huge” the algorithm is.

“Do you have it with you now?” he questioned.

Pictured from still left: Musical guest Halsey, host Kim Kardashian West, and Cecily Robust in the course of promos for ‘Saturday Night time Stay,’ Oct. 7, 2021.
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“Uh, no, but there are algorithms in all our phones and personal computers,” Haugen answered.

“Not mine, I’ve bought a Jitterbug flip mobile phone,” he educated, brandishing an previous-university red mobile. 

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. (Chris  Redd), utilised the listening to to remind everybody he’s dating actress Rosario Dawson. 

“So my issue is: Does that make perception? Appropriate? Like when I stand following to her in a photo, that seems to be regular, appropriate?”

Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (Aidy Bryant), Kennedy and Feinstein then all had issues about the memes (Cruz named it “meh-may”) that were being demonstrating up on their feeds, which include an picture from an outdated e-book series “Animorphs” of a female slowly changing into a mouse.

Feinstein nervous that Fb was pressuring teens “to slowly morph into mice.”

“Is this the Stuart Tiny Challenge?” she asked.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., (James Austin Johnson) claimed the meme reminded him of one thing he saw on the darkish web, which prompted Cruz to question if the darkish web was the “identical matter as Black Twitter.” 

“Get, make sure you! Stop exhibiting Ms. Haugen memes you found on the net,” Blumenthal pleaded, pounding the gavel. 

“It is meh-may,” Cruz corrected. 

Blumenthal then rapidly shut down Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s attempt at a video clip response, opting to convey in the “OG social media king” — Tom from MySpace.

“Try to remember me? I was harmless,” said MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson, (Pete Davidson) who turned lovingly known just as “Tom,” just about every MySpace user’s 1st good friend on the outmoded social media system.

“I’m not accomplishing any of the unusual algorithm stuff. We barely keep the web page. So occur on by and verify out your friend’s band from 20 several years in the past and let’s make The united states prime eight yet again,” he said.

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Fact Television set star Kim Kardashian guest-hosted the exhibit with musical visitor Halsey, who was joined onstage by Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. 

Other folks producing cameo appearances in the course of the evening included Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner comic Chris Rock wrestler-turned-actor John Cena and NBA participant Blake Griffin.