In “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open version of the congressional hearing earlier in the week on Facebook — featuring whistleblower Frances Haugen (Heidi Gardner) — it was hard to tell who was worse: Facebook or the lawmakers.
Cecily Strong’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein vowed to crack down on Facebook — after a laundry list of all those other things the Democrats have to accomplish first. Then she asked “Haugen” if having 2,000 Facebook friends was a “good” number.
Louisiana GOP Sen. John Kennedy (Kyle Mooney) wanted to know what an “algorithm” was: “Do you have it with you?” … and “How big is this algorithm?” as he moved his hands farther and farther apart.
“Just stop,” said a disgusted “Haugen.”
That, said the faux Haugen, “isn’t really misinformation.”
The clueless lawmakers also had scads of questions about the meaning of various memes (or as “Cruz” called them, “meh-mehs”). Cruz also asked if the “dark web is the same as Black Twitter.”
Finally, up popped Pete Davidson, playing “OG social media king” Tom Anderson, co-founder of My Space. “Remember me?” he asked. “I was harmless.”
Check out the video up top.
CORRECTION: This article has been amended to note that Strong played Feinstein, not Nancy Pelosi.