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In a hearing that often turned dystopian, Democrats, Republicans and witnesses painted Google as a breathtakingly immense and corrupting power.
“Google’s control over what people hear, read, watch, and say is unprecedented.” Ted Cruz stated of Google. “When we search on Google, we see only the web pages Google decides we should see.”
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Cruz made the comment during his opening statement at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Google and Censorship through Search Engines.”
At this hearing, Google was accused of much more than censorship.
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Democrats, Republicans, and witnesses accused Google: of abusing their immunity, bias against conservatives, connecting pedophiles to child pornography, and being anti-competitive by controlling nearly every aspect of digital content.
“The question we must ask ourselves as a society is whether we’re comfortable with the world Google is creating for us,” said Jason Kint the Chief Executive Officer of Digital Content Next, and one of the witnesses.
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Ted Cruz, in his opening statement, explained how the Communication Decency Act, a bill passed in 1996, granted Google a special immunity.
“Congress never intended to empower large technology companies to control our speech when it passed Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That provision — section 230 — gave tech companies special privileges that nobody else gets. If the New York Times or Wall Street Journal were to publish an op-ed that libeled a private citizen, they can be held responsible,” Cruz said. “This is the case even when these organizations don’t write the content that broke the law. They can be held responsible merely for publishing it. Not so for companies like Google and You Tube. If someone uses one of those services to commit slander, or to transmit classified material, or to traffic guns or drugs, far too often Google is off the hook. Section 230 makes it immune.”
“This immunity however was...
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