A Trustworthy Voice
As this edition of Engineering & Mining Journal (E&MJ) was going to press, the top lawyers from Google, Facebook and Twitter had testified before a U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. They were trying to explain how internet trolls had used their social media platforms to spread misinformation in the months leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The spectacle in a lot of ways resembled the antitrust movement that took place 100 years ago and led to the formation of the Federal Trade Commission. The difference this time is that it’s not commodities, such as oil and steel, but information.