Last week, Saturday Night Live mocked Jeff Bezos and the billionaire space race, and this week he was targeting the senators who led the whistleblower hearing on Facebook this week, describing them as being for most confused by the social media platform and the memes they found online (or “mem-ays” as Aidy Bryant’s Ted Cruz puts it).
Cecily Strong reprizes her role as Senator Dianne Feinstein, who questions Heidi Gardner’s Frances Haugen on a Animorphs post, and Kyle Mooney as Senator John Kennedy asks about Facebook’s algorithm: “Do you have it with you now?” While proudly showing off her Jitterbug (aw) flip phone.
Bryant as Senator Cruz asks if posts that say “Ted Cruz sucks” should be flagged as misinformation, to which “Haugen” replies that it is not really misinformation, just the opinion of one person. “Well, more than one person,” replies Cruz de Bryant.
The biggest laugh in the skit came when “The Audience” submitted a video statement from “OG Social Media King” – Pete Davidson as MySpace’s Tom Anderson. “Remember me? I was harmless! I don’t do any of that weird algorithm stuff – we barely maintained the website,” he said, inviting people to “come and see the band. of your friend from 20 years ago ”.
We didn’t know how good we had it, Tom. (And yes MySpace is still there, no, I didn’t remember my nickname).
The real Haugen, a former Facebook product manager at Facebook, testified before Congress on Tuesday about a wealth of internal documents she provided to The Wall Street Journal. The audience focused on internal Facebook research which showed that Instagram can have a negative effect on young people. Haugen said during the hearing that Facebook’s need for engagement to sell ads meant it kept users on the site even when the company knew users were engaging with harmful content.
In a post on his own Facebook page. CEO Mark Zuckerberg took issue with this characterization, calling it “illogical” for the company to release content that angers people just to make a profit.
You can watch SNL’s version of the “audience” below:
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