‘What Kind of Education Do People at Google Have’ Rep. Dan Crenshaw Goes After Big Tech At Homeland Security Committee Hearing
Executives of big tech companies Facebook, Google and Twitter were grilled by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) Wednesday, during the Homeland Security Committee hearing for censorship against conservative platforms on social media.
“If we don’t share the values of free speech I’m not sure where we go from here,” said Crenshaw. “This practice of silencing millions and millions of people will create wounds and divisions in this country that we can not heal from.”
An investigation report by Project Veritas revealed a leaked document from Google, showing Google employees of “transparency-and-ethics” referring to conservative and libertarian commentators Dennis Prager and Ben Shapiro as “Nazis.”
The communication between the employees suggested that content from PragerU, Ben Shapiro, and Jordan Peterson should be disabled from the ‘suggestion feature,’ according to Project Veritas.
“In the recent leaked emails from Google showed labeling mainstream conservative media as Nazis is a premise in which you operate,” said Crenshaw to big tech executives. “Given that Ben Shapiro, Jordan Peterson, and Dennis Prager are Nazis, given that that’s the premise two of three of these people are Jewish.”
“It begs the question what kind of education do people at Google have, to think that religious Jews are Nazis,” continued Crenshaw.
Shapiro and PragerU took to Twitter to respond to the report by Project Veritas.
“Hey, SusanWojcicki, would love to discuss this with you, do you think your employees should be cavalierly labeling those who militantly hate white supremacy “Nazis,” and then shaping algorithms on the basis of such lies?” said Shapiro in a tweet.
“Is this what Google will look like in the future when someone tries to google information on PragerU, Ben Shapiro, or Jordan Peterson? Stop big tech bias, sign the petition,” said PragerU.
The investigation report by Project Veritas also revealed a Google employee saying that Google was attempting to influence the 2020 election through algorithms.
Jen Gennai is in charge of ‘Responsible Innovation’ a sector in Google that monitors and evaluates the responsible implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI), a hidden camera revealed that Google was attempting to sway the 2020 election.
“We all got screwed over in 2016,” said Gennai. ”We’re also training our algorithms, like, if 2016 happened again, would we have, would the outcome be different?”
Before Crenshaw finished speaking to the tech executives, he referred to the values of the First Amendment. “I would say you have an obligation to enforce American values and the First Amendment is an underpinning of American values that we should be protecting till the day we die.”