The Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Criticized Google on Wednesday for connections to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), following a House subcommittee hearing on antitrust with America’s big technology CEOs.
“If Google wants to stand back to Communist China, Sundar Pichai must answer for the atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party,” he told Fox News after Pichai, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook all testified before Congress.
The Colorado Republican was a sharp critic of the CCP’s tactics and introduced legislation in the House on Wednesday based on the Slav-Free Business Certification Act, which seeks to hold U.S. companies accountable for any use of forced labor supply chain.
In addition to the discovery of troubling links between large technology companies and the CCP, there was a consensus between the two parties that the hearing revealed nefarious efforts to stifle competition in the free market, Buck added.
“It is absolutely clear that these platforms are using their position to stifle innovation and hear it from both sides of the aisle,” he continued. “You hear CEOs aren̵7;t able to talk to the specific examples they’re facing, so it was very informative.”
Buck also addressed the concept that anti-competitive practices can lead to political bias and the censorship of certain online materials, specifically with regard to news and media.
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“Citizens can choose from hundreds if not thousands of news sources in this country. 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 are biased on the left. And we know that when we start a news source – we know what we’re delivering because there are hundreds if not thousands of them.
“But when there’s only one platform – when there’s only Google – and you look for something and leave Breitbart on page 19 or put Donald Trump Jr. aside on page 23, you don’t have a chance to say,” Google doesn’t meet my needs so I’m going to find another search engine. ”That doesn’t happen,” Buck continued. “It’s a very different situation when you have a mastery platform that is involved in political prejudice. And what you have with Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others.”
He then discussed comments made by Rep. Jerry Nadler, DN.Y., during the hearing on the acquisition of Facebook from Instagram and agreed that the circumstances surrounding the deal were suspected at best and should be further investigated by the federal government.
“It has to be dealt with by the Obama administration,” Buck said. “It was acquired during the Obama administration and it’s clear that Facebook used the link to acquire Instagram. They threatened and threatened to put them out of business unless they agreed to sell it. And Instagram’s chief executive said that in time. “
He added, “It’s one of those things where you can look back on it now and say,‘ Instagram wouldn’t be where it is now if it weren’t for Facebook’s resources and merger. “But I agree with President Nadler that there are a lot of red flags about that merger and that it should be carefully scrutinized by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).”
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Congress will continue its high-tech investigation and is likely to release a report on the findings ahead of the November election, in an effort to lay the groundwork for legislation when new lawmakers are sworn in. ‘January,’ said Buck.
“This is not a partisan effort. This is not an anti-business effort. This is an effort to strengthen America and I think both sides are willing to do that,” he explained. “The next step – the process, where we are now – we got to hear from regulators. We want to listen to consumer promotion groups. We need to consider some of these privacy issues and decide whether the law is and if regulators have the resources they need and that’s where we need to go. Once we complete the investigation, we need to understand where the law is enough and whether the resources are enough to address it. “