Cooper: Repeated Senate hearings with tech giants accomplish little if no action ever taken

The Associated Press / Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appears on a screen as he speaks remotely during a recent hearing before a Senate committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

We've lost count the number of times Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have been hauled in front of Senate committees about their regulation of social media content.

Each of the hearings seems to run along the same lines. Senators ask the executives pointed questions about their policies and procedures, citing specific instances in which implicit bias has been shown, usually - but not always - against Republicans, conservatives and President Donald Trump. The executives dodge and wiggle, hem and haw, avoid direct answers and eventually tell the senators they're not really regulating content, but if they are, it is for the good of all users. The hearing ends, and the social media platforms continue doing exactly what they had been doing.

We appreciate the senators attempting to hold the feet of Big Tech to the fire because a potential President Joe Biden and a potentially Democrat-controlled Senate (with the vote of a potential Democratic vice president) won't be bothered with it.