That’s what CEO Sundar Pichai was asked on Tuesday when the Google executive appeared before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.
Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook have been running amok without consequences for far too long. You can’t send an email, text or complete a search without the information being sent to advertisers… and who knows where else.
Thankfully some within Congress decided to do their job — for once — and hold them accountable.
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) told FOX Business that, “We need to make sure that we expose what their practices are and we are very pleased that Mr. Pichai is coming to answer these questions.”
Adding, “He’s going to be put on the spot with a lot of tough questions and the answers are difficult.”
At issue is Google’s apparent fuzzy concept of “free speech” and their desire to open China’s vast high-tech business market, at all costs, including creating a censored search engine, dubbed “Project Dragonfly” which would provide the Chinese people restricted access to the internet, with the Chinese Government along with Google monitoring and controlling every keystroke.
Goodlatte said American tech companies bare a responsibility to stand for the principles of free speech and privacy when conducting businesses with foreign adversaries.
Adding, “Google needs to be held accountable for, if they are going to do business in China, people need to be aware of what terms they are doing it on.”
Pichai in a prepared statement before Tuesday’s hearing attempted to downplay his deal with China, “Even as we expand into new markets we never forget our American roots,” he wrote. “It’s no coincidence that a company dedicated to the free flow of information was founded right here in the U.S.
However Pichai’s words ring-hollow, when it comes to his assertions that Google embraces the concept of free speech. All one needs to do is to simply search for a political and or current event issue on Google’s search engine, to realize just how skewed to the left on almost any given topic Google’s search engine is.
While the tech company refuses to admit that its search engine is programmed to overwhelmingly benefit progressive orthodoxy with preexisting key words imbedded within its massive platform, while popular conservative websites have routinely been censored.
Just recently Google went after conservative website Breitbart News attempting to put the popular website out of business, shortly after the 2016 election.
The plot to cripple Breitbart began with a group of Google employees, targeting Breitbart’s ad revenues, with the blessing from top management. The group sought to strike at Breitbart News’ revenue by kicking the site off Google’s market-dominating ad services.
In the leaked emails, Google employee Richard Zippel advised a fellow employee that Google would act against Breitbart News “at the site level” if sufficient examples of “hate” were found. This kicked off a concerted effort to find evidence of “hate speech” on Breitbart.
Of course Google has its own version of what constitutes “hate speech.”
Moreover aside from partnering with China in creating a censored search engine for profit, the tech giant is also refusing to support America’s military.
The issue involves a $10 billion Defense Department initiative by the military known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), citing its artificial intelligence principles, and Google’s refusal to take the project.
Leaving lawmakers to question Google’s patriotism, after the apparent snub, Goodlatte said he plans on asking Pichai why Google decided to move away from supporting the U.S. military.
“Why is it that you and your employees do not want to help the United States’ Department of Defense keep Americans safe and keep all of the issues, trade and free government and so on around the world safe by supporting the needs of our military?”