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Aaron Sankin @ASankin
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Rep. Steve Cohen complaining to the CEO of Google during a House Judiciary Committee meeting that he searched his own name, but didn't like the articles that came up, and then demanding Google do something about it is an absolutely perfect 2018 moment.
Rep. Jim Jordan followed up this insightful commentary by complaining that Google may have helped too many Latinos vote, making a strong, free-market conservative case for corporations not being allowed to directly intervene in politics.
On a related note, back in 2016, I asked a bunch of federal regulatory agencies if it was against their rules for a company, like Google, to slant its service to deliberately influence the outcome of an election. All of them said they didn't regulate that and had no idea who did.
Tech reporters always get in a tizzy when members of Congress ask dumb questions about tech, but I'm sure experts in other fields feel the same way when Congress holds hearings about their favored topics.
It's also understandable that members of Congress don't entirely understand how Google works because Google doesn't make it easy to understand the precise systems by which their platforms operate. There's a level of opacity built in by design.
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