Congressmen love talking about tech companies, yet don't understand how they work

Business Insider | 8/26/2018 | Observer
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Congress has talked a lot about tech companies such as Facebook and Google, particularly concerning data privacy, national security, and election integrity.

Members of the legislative branch have mentioned major tech companies more than any other type of business enterprise in the last decade, according to a new study.

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Congressmen referenced Facebook over 14,000 times, Google almost 6,000 times, and Apple over 2,200 times.

But there's a clear disconnect — many congressmen are over 80 years old and only 16 members of Congress have a background in software or engineering.

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All children learn that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. But that hasn't stopped congressmen from talking about Facebook and Google.

According to a new study from analytics firm Quorum, members of the legislative branch have mentioned major tech companies more than any other type of business enterprise in the last decade.

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Between June 2008 and June 2018, congressmen referenced Facebook over 14,000 times in floor statements, press releases and social media posts. Google was a distant second with almost 6,000 mentions, while Apple was invoked over 2,200 times.

Each of these Silicon Valley firms was mentioned more than Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the architects of the 2008 financial crisis) or Wells Fargo (which charged customers for millions of fake accounts).

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In fact, Congress has mentioned technology almost twice as many times as it's mentioned financial services.

Not surprisingly, most mentions of these companies were negative. They revolved around issues like data privacy, national...
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