Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

The NBC variety opened on Saturday with Frances Haugen, played by Heidi Gardner, testifying on Capitol Hill about Facebook’s internal work. Unfortunately for Gardners Haugen, it quickly became the case that Congress asked questions about how social media works.

“I want to thank Facebook Whisleblower for coming forward,” said Mikey Day’s Senator Richard Blumenthal.

Gardners Haugen responded by saying it was nice to be in an office without “no skateboards.”

Today’s Blumenthal then had his colleagues ask questions to Haugen, with Senator Dianne Feinstein, played by Cecily Strong, first.

The day Facebook got dark

“What Facebook has done is shameful, and you better think Congress will act,” she said. “Right after we adopt the infrastructure proposal, raise the debt ceiling, prosecute those responsible for the January 6 uprising, and prevent Trump from using executive privilege even though he is no longer president. But after all that, be careful, Facebook!”

She then asked if it’s good to have 2,000 friends on Facebook.

“How many have Drake? 4,000?” Asked Strongs Feinstein.

“I think he has about 50 million,” Gardners Haugen said.

“Oh my God, no wonder he never answered my shot,” Strongs Feinstein replied.

The question then moved to Senator Ted Cruz, played by Aidy Bryant.

“I was particularly attracted to your testimony about online bullying,” Bryants Cruz said. “How some teenagers, and even some grown men, are being bullied almost constantly.”

Bryants Cruz then asked how to turn off the bullying feature and said he was concerned about the toxic groups Gardners Haugen mentioned.

“I’ve seen groups with hateful names like ‘Ted Cruz sucks,'” Bryants Cruz said. “Now, don’t you mark them as misinformation?”

Gardner’s Haugen explained to Bryant’s Cruz that these groups were not misinformation, but rather just one person’s opinion.

“Well, that’s more than one person’s opinion,” he said.

The sketch ended with two of the social media executives joining for questioning.

The first was Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg played by Alex Moffat.

“No, no, we do not need more from that guy,” Day’s Blumenthal said.

Instead, he went to “AND Social Media King”, Tom from Myspace, which was played by Pete Davidson.

“Do you remember me? I was harmless,” said Davidson’s Tom. “I do not do any of the strange algorithm stuff. We hardly maintain the website.”

Then he said, “Come by, check out your friend’s band from 20 years ago” and “let’s make America into the top 8 again.”

Davidson’s Tom then kicked off the show with his signature slogan: “Live, from New York … It’s Saturday night!”


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