Final week Saturday Night time Stay poked enjoyable at Jeff Bezos and the billionaire house race, and this week it took purpose on the senators who performed this week’s Fb whistleblower listening to, portraying them as largely confused by the social media platform, and the memes they discovered on-line (or “mem-ays” as Aidy Bryant’s Ted Cruz pronounces it).
Cecily Sturdy reprises her function as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who asks Heidi Gardner’s Frances Haugen about an Animorphs publish, and Kyle Mooney as Sen. John Kennedy asks about Fb’s algorithm: “do you have it with you now?” whereas proudly exhibiting off his Jitterbug flip cellphone (aw).
Bryant as Sen. Cruz asks whether or not posts that say “Ted Cruz sucks” must be flagged as misinformation, to which “Haugen” solutions that it’s not likely misinformation, only one particular person’s opinion. “Wellll, more than one person,” Bryant’s Cruz replies.
The most important snort of the sketch got here when the “hearing” launched a video assertion from “the OG social media king” — Pete Davidson as Tom Anderson of MySpace. “Remember me? I was harmless! I’m not doing any of that weird algorithm stuff— we barely maintained the website,” he stated, inviting individuals to “come on by and check out your friend’s band from 20 years ago.”
We didn’t know the way good we had it, Tom. (And sure MySpace continues to be round, no, I couldn’t bear in mind my username).
The OG social media king pic.twitter.com/2OQm1LXGq0
— Saturday Night time Stay – SNL (@nbcsnl) October 10, 2021
The true Haugen, a former Fb product supervisor at Fb, testified earlier than Congress on Tuesday a few trove of inside paperwork she offered to The Wall Avenue Journal. The listening to was targeted on Fb’s inside analysis that confirmed Instagram can have a unfavorable impact on younger individuals. Haugen stated through the listening to that Fb’s want for engagement with the intention to promote advertisements meant it stored customers on the location even when the corporate knew the customers had been participating with dangerous content material.
In a post on his own Facebook web page. CEO Mark Zuckerberg disputed that characterization, calling it “illogical” that the corporate would push content material that makes individuals offended simply to show a revenue.
You’ll be able to watch SNL’s model of the “hearing” beneath: