Editorial cartoonists this week looked at recent Facebook issues:
- a bomb Wall Street Journal survey in the knowledge of the management of the defects of its products;
- a “60-minute” interview with Frances Haugen, the former Facebook insider who provided internal documents to the Journal;
- Haugen’s public testimony before a Senate committee on how the social network amplifies misinformation, fosters conflict and harms democracy;
- and a technical issue that took Facebook and its associated applications offline.
Nick Anderson of Tribune Content Agency sums it up in the gallery’s main cartoon: Facebook igniting the fuse of a packet of dynamite labeled hate, misinformation, conspiracy theories, violence and polarization.
The US Senate only had a slightly better week than Facebook. After weeks of scam over raising the debt ceiling, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, agreed to a short-term extension. See you in December, debt ceiling.
Meanwhile, Senate Democrats have struggled to find a compromise with two of its maverick members, Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. They balk at President Joe Biden’s $ 3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” bill, but are hesitant about what would make them support it.
Other topics covered in the cartoons include the Pandora Papers, a wealth of financial documents outlining the places and ways in which the world’s richest people protect their wealth; Vaccination mandates against Covid-19; the announcement of the Ministry of Justice that investigate violent threats against school officials and teachers, a move some Republicans have interpreted as stifling free speech; and Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, refusal to be vaccinated, Making him ineligible for Friday’s preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.