‘SNL’ has the Facebook whistleblower help Congress understand social media

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The NBC wide variety display opened up on Saturday with Frances Haugen, performed by Heidi Gardner, supplying testimony on Capitol Hill about the interior workings of Facebook. Regretably for Gardner’s Haugen, it immediately turned into Congress inquiring issues about how social media is effective.

“I would like to thank the Fb whisleblower for coming ahead,” Mikey Day’s Sen. Richard Blumenthal claimed.

Gardner’s Haugen responded by declaring that it was great to be in an workplace with “no skateboards.”

Day’s Blumenthal then permit his colleagues inquire issues to Haugen, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, played by Cecily Potent, likely initial.

“What Facebook has carried out is disgraceful and you much better believe that Congress will be taking motion,” she explained. “Ideal immediately after we move the infrastructure monthly bill, elevate the credit card debt ceiling, prosecute all those accountable for the January 6th insurrection and quit Trump from making use of govt privilege, even although he is no extended president. But just after all that, you watch out, Facebook!”

She then requested if possessing 2,000 pals on Fb is “very good.”

“How a lot of does Drake have? 4,000?” Strong’s Feinstein asked.

“I consider he has like 50 million,” Gardner’s Haugen stated.

“Oh my God, no ponder he in no way answered my poke,” Strong’s Feinstein responded.

The questioning then shifted to Sen. Ted Cruz, performed by Aidy Bryant.

“I was significantly drawn to your testimony about bullying on-line,” Bryant’s Cruz stated. “How some teenagers, and even some grownup adult males, are bullied nearly continuously.”

Bryant’s Cruz then asked how to flip off the bullying function and claimed he was involved about the poisonous groups Gardner’s Haugen pointed out.

“I have viewed groups with hateful names, like ‘Ted Cruz sucks'” Bryant’s Cruz said. “Now, shouldn’t you flag those people as misinformation?”

Gardner’s Haugen discussed to Bryant’s Cruz that individuals groups were not misinformation, but relatively just one particular person’s viewpoint.

“Perfectly, it truly is much more than just one person’s viewpoint,” he stated.

The sketch arrived to an end with two of social media’s leaders joining the questioning.

The very first was Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg performed by Alex Moffat.

“No, no, we really don’t want any a lot more from that person,” Day’s Blumenthal mentioned.

As an alternative, he went to the “O.G. social media king,” Tom from Myspace, who was played by Pete Davidson.

“Bear in mind me? I was harmless,” Davidson’s Tom said. “I am not doing just about anything of that odd algorithm things. We hardly retain the site.”

He then stated, “Appear on by, check out your friend’s band from 20 many years back” and “let us make America top rated 8 all over again.”

Davidson’s Tom then kicked off the demonstrate with its signature catchphrase, “Dwell, from New York… It can be Saturday night time!”