Liberal media companies from tech to culture blogs have united to deny conservative claims and to argue Big Tech bias is “fake news.” The comments came in response to the Capitol Hill questioning of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The comments came in response to the Capitol Hill questioning of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The Washington Post literally published an opinion piece titled “Google needs regulation. Republicans are too busy screaming about bias.”
Republicans hit back hard at Google bias yesterday on Capitol Hill. Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before Congress and tried to defend his company’s reputation against accusations of bias, censorship, and spying on Americans. Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) grilled the Google CEO on his company’s biases.
Google’s CEO came to the House Judiciary Committee hearing on Dec.11, but was unwilling to play 21 questions. Five House representatives, from both political parties, asked CEO Sundar Pichai questions about Google’s involvement with China which he refused to answer again and again.
Google had a loud defender in the House Judiciary Committee — interestingly the company is also is his top donor. During the House Judiciary Committee hearing where Google CEO Sundar Pichai was testifying, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) opened fire against the House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Libertarian TV personality and former ABC reporter John Stossel says Youtube placed age restrictions on a video he published about socialism. The restrictions have since been undone, but the fact they occurred is part of a trend that has many conservatives and free speech advocates concerned.
Wikipedia is considered by many in the media to be “the Internet’s greatest store of knowledge.” But what happens when that knowledge is compromised?
New York’s State Senate is considering a bill that will allow the government to investigate a citizen’s social media and search engine history before the sale of a handgun.
With concerns about tech bias dominating the news cycle, Google wants to remove its information panel from search engine results. The Knowledge Panel, generated primarily by crowd-sourced information website Wikipedia, is often the first thing users see when searching a topic such as a celebrity, historical figure, or political party.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai is heading to Congress to answer accusations his company censors conservatives, as well as respond to reports that the firm will create a censored search just for China.
Google has been under fire for complying with foreign governments’ totalitarian policies. In an New York Times interview, Google CEO Sundar Pichai tried to combat internal and external backlash against the company’s accomodations to China’s communist government by saying "we are censoring search results because we're complying with the law."
Liberal activist organizations seem to have plenty of leverage with social media and tech companies these days. According to a letter sent from Breitbart’s attorney to lefty group Sleeping Giants, Google must have taken the liberal activist group’s complaints about Breitbart pretty seriously.
Is Google News neutral? Not according to a new report that studied the issue and determined that its results were skewed liberal. AllSides, a media technology group, spent two weeks analyzing Google News’ homepage and determined that news outlets with a left-leaning bias were always at the top of the list.