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Tech Tuesday: The Netherlands' influence on Silicon Valley

 In this file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. (Virginia Mayo/AP))
In this file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels. (Virginia Mayo/AP))

When it comes to privacy, The Netherlands punches above their weight.

The country has a population of just under 18 million people, and has been able to spur major changes at Google, Microsoft and Zoom thanks to its carrot-and-stick approach and the EU’s landmark data protection law.

We are taking a look at how the Dutch have been able to change the policies of some of Silicon Valley's biggest companies and what it means for the U.S.

Tech platforms, especially Twitter, failed to heed their own employees’ warnings about violent rhetoric on their platforms and went out of their way to avoid aggravating conservatives, including and particularly then-president Donald Trump.

That’s according to a memo circulated within the Jan. 6 Committee that details how most platforms ignored the red flags, waiting until after the attack on the Capitol to address extremist content.

A team of reporters for The Washington Post dug into the findings, and why little of that evidence made it into the committee’s final report.

We consider the role of social media on Jan. 6 and why it matters.

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