Steve King showed in House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday that politicians aren’t precisely the form of folks you need choosing up the phone whenever you name the IT division for the assist.
To present an instance of the anti-conservative bias that King and different Republican lawmakers imagine is on the coronary heart of huge tech corporations, the Iowa congressman instructed Google CEO Sundar Pichai about an incident the place certainly one of his grandchildren got here throughout plain language about him whereas utilizing a smartphone.
“I have a granddaughter who picked up her phone before the election, and she’s enjoying somewhat sport, the form of sport a child would play,” King mentioned.
“And upon there pops an image of her grandfather,” he mentioned. “and I will not explain what sort of language was used around that image of her grandfather. However, I’d ask you: How does that present up on a 7-year-old’s iPhone, who’s enjoying a child’s recreation?”
“Congressman, iPhone is made by a different firm,” Pichai replied. King then stated it “may have been an Android,” which is made by Google. “It was a hand-me-down of some form.”
Pichai, who appeared confused, mentioned he could be “joyful to observe up after I perceive the specifics.” King then yielded the remainder of his time. The folks on the opposite facet do not agree with that, due to course, it advantages them.”
If Google didn’t identify these workers, presumably so lawmakers might vet their social media accounts for political bias, or share the algorithms, King threatened that Congress would take regulatory measures.