Rep. Steve King is demanding to know the names of Google search employees so he can go through their social media profiles to find out if they're liberals.
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) December 11, 2018
Post title borrowed from this response:
"Old man yells at (the)cloud."
— Alyas the Grey (@alyasgrey) December 11, 2018
BUT SERIOUSLY… Per Newsweek:
Republican representative Steve King requested Google CEO Sundar Pichai give the government the names of more than 1,000 employees who oversee the company’s search engine to determine whether its algorithm was biased, The Hill reported. King said he wanted to look at employees’ social media and see if they’re biased.
As Pichai appeared before the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats questioned the tech giant’s privacy regulations, The New York Times reported. Republicans expressed distrust for the company, questioning whether it stifles conservative search results.
“There is a very strong conviction on this side of the aisle that the algorithms are written with a bias against conservatives,” King said, alleging that Google has an inherent ideological tilt because it is located in the Democrat-heavy Silicon Valley. “What we don’t know are who are these thousand people and we don’t know what their social media looks like.”
California Republican Kevin McCarthy voiced similar concerns. “All of these topics — competition, censorship, bias and others — point to one fundamental question that demands the nation’s attention,” he said. “Are America’s technology companies serving as instruments of freedom or instruments of control?”…
Pichai said at the beginning of his testimony, “I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way,” according to The Guardian. “To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests. We are a company that provides platforms for diverse perspectives and opinions—and we have no shortage of them among our own employees.” He also said that the employees do not choose which news outlets show up in searches, saying the search engine adapts based on what users select…
Don’t say that, or the R’s will let them donate to campaigns.
— Kevin Dutcher (@dutcher411) December 11, 2018
What Steve King thinks goes in at google pic.twitter.com/DrSvhEnDdC
— Michael (@mlip16) December 11, 2018
King’s real butthurt: When you’ve brought up your kids to believe that everyone (who matters) hates immigrants, people of color, and diversity in all its forms…
Rep. Steve King: "How does that show up on a 7-year old's iPhone who's playing a kid's game?"
Google CEO Sundar Pichai: ""Congressman, iPhone is made by a different company…"
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 11, 2018
“Some kinda hand-me-down”, indeed.