Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., On Wednesday criticized Google for its association with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after hearing Parliament’s subcommittee on antitrust matters with US chief technology officers.
“If Google wants a cozy communist China, Sundar Pichai must be held accountable for the atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party,” said Fox News after Pichai, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg before testifying before Congress.
The Colorado Republican was an outspoken critic of the CCP’s tactics and on Wednesday introduced legislation in Parliament based on Josh Hawley̵7;s “Law on the Certification of Companies Without Slavery,” which seeks to hold American companies accountable for any use of forced labor throughout the supply chain.
In addition to revealing worrying links between large technology companies and CCPs, there was a consensus between the two parties that the hearing revealed a cruel effort to suppress competition in the free market, Buck added.
“It’s very clear that these platforms are using their position to stifle innovation, and you’ve heard it from both sides of the alley,” he continued. “You hear CEOs who can’t talk about the specific examples they face, so it was very instructive.”
Buck also considered the idea that anti-competitive practices could lead to political bias and censorship of certain materials on the web, especially in the news and media media.
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“Citizens in this country can choose from hundreds, if not thousands, of intelligence sources. Some people on the left may say that Fox News or The Wall Street Journal are biased on the right, “he explained. “And others may say that MSNBC or The Washington Post is biased on the left. And we know that when we pull out the source of the news, we know what we’re getting, because there are hundreds, if not thousands.
“But when there is only one platform – when there is only Google – and you look for something and they release Breitbart on page 19 or they release Donald Trump Jr. On page 23, you don’t have a chance to say, “Google doesn’t meet my needs, so I’ll find another search engine.” It won’t happen, “Buck continued. “It’s a very different situation when you have a dominant platform that participates in political bias. And that’s what you have with Google, Facebook, Twitter and more. “
During a hearing on Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, he discussed the comments of Mr. Jerry Nadler, DN.Y. and agreed that the circumstances surrounding the agreement were at best suspicious and should be further investigated by the federal government.
“It should be addressed by the Obama administration,” Buck said. “It was obtained during the Obama administration, and it is clear that Facebook used pressure to obtain Instagram. They threatened them and threatened to take them out of business until they agreed to sell. And that’s what the CEO of Instagram said. “
He added: “It’s one of the things you can look at now and say, ‘Instagram wouldn’t be where it is now if it wasn’t for Facebook resources and the merger.’ “However, I agree with President Nadler that there are many red flags in connection with this merger and should be thoroughly reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). ‘ “
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Congress will continue to investigate major technologies and is likely to issue a report on the findings ahead of the November election in an effort to lay the groundwork for legislation when new lawmakers arrive in January, Buck said.
“This is not a partisan effort. This is not an anti-trafficking effort. It’s an effort to strengthen America, and I think both sides are willing to do it, “he explained. “The next step – the process we are in – we must listen to the regulators. We need to listen to consumer support groups. We need to consider some of these privacy issues and decide whether the law is sufficient and if regulators have the resources they need, and that is where we need to go further. After completing the investigation, we need to find out where the legislation is sufficient and whether the resources are sufficient to solve this problem. ‘ “