Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Sunday there
may be a need for Google to testify after the company's search
engine showed results linking Republicans to "Nazism."
to Fox News on Sunday, the California Republican framed the issue
as one in which tech monopolies "should be reined in" and called
for a new search engine to compete against Google that doesn't
think there's a free market solution here if somebody can compete
with Google. If they can't, then ultimately we're looking at
monopolies and then that brings in a whole other set of
circumstances is — are these companies; Facebook, Twitter, Google,
apple, etc.; are they monopolies and should they be reined in,"
Nunes said on "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo."
would hope we don't have to go there. I would hope that they just
don't get involved in politics and don't censor conservatives and
Republicans, but if they continue to do it then we have to move
obviously to hearings on these issues," he added.
this week were in an uproar after a Google search showed the word
"Nazism" in an information box about the California Republican
Party's ideology. Further exacerbating the issue, a separate
search for Trudy Wade, a North Carolina state senator who is a
Republican and a supporter of President Trump, pulled up a picture
Friday with the word "BIGOT" in red.
has apologized for the offending search results, which in the case
of the "Nazism" search it called "vandalism," but explained that
these search results were automatically populated by sites across
the Internet. "We have systems in place that catch vandalism
before it impacts search results, but occasionally errors get
through, and that's what happened here," Google said in a
statement. "This would have been fixed systematically once we
processed the removal from Wikipedia, but when we noticed the
vandalism we worked quickly to accelerate this process to remove
the erroneous information."
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Drudge Report, a top right-leaning news aggregator, helped draw
attention to the issue at the nationwide level, and congressional
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have called on Google
to work on a solution.
this year, Google
defeated a lawsuit that alleged YouTube, a
video-sharing website owned by Google, which alleged censorship of
tech companies, including Twitter and Facebook, have also been
accused by conservatives of bias or censorship.
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