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The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence pointedly set up an empty chair to shame Google parent company Alphabet. Google tried to send its top lawyer to the hearing on foreign interference in U.S. elections, but the Committee wanted either CEO Larry Page or Sundar Pichai to testify alongside executives from Twitter and Facebook.
While the committee wouldn’t accept Google’s counsel in lieu of Page or Pichai, Walker submitted testimony anyway and will be in Washington this week taking meetings and giving briefings, according to a Tuesday blog post. The testimony outlined Google’s new guidelines for political ad disclosures and states that Google continues to remove bad actors, like the Kremlin-affiliated Internet Research Agency, that try to mislead users. However, the Center for Accountability published a report on Tuesday that seemed to highlight the challenges of keeping deceptive content off of Google’s platforms: The organization posed as the IRA and was still able to buy and target politically divisive advertising.
Sometimes an empty chair can speak volumes. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence intentionally set up a unoccupied seat to shame Alphabet at Wednesday’s hearing on foreign meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Committee wanted either Alphabet CEO Larry Page or Google chief executive Sundar Pichai to testify alongside Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, but the company offered its top lawyer and SVP of global affairs, Kent Walker, instead. That decision rankled Committee leaders Sen Mark Warner, D-VA, and Sen. Mark Burr, R-NA, who rejected the substitution, hence the pointedly vacant chair.
BooHoo, this is blantant disregard. F#'em and smear them.
originally posted by: howtonhawky
Propaganda hit piece.
Funny how potus slams google last week for being leftist with results and this week certain congressional members create an empty chair scenario to smear google.
originally posted by: neo96
Snubbing the senate like that isn't a very smart move on googles part.
A PR nighttmare would be devastating to their market cap.
originally posted by: Sabrechucker
a reply to: howtonhawky
They haven't been "held responsible" they've been accused. That's why they should show up and defend themselves, if innocent