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"Why does Google steal content from honest businesses?" @davidcicilline #BigTechBarons
Wow @davidcicilline throwing fire. Asks about conflict of interest in Google preferencing its own properties. #BigTechBarons
"That's a lot of money Mr. Pichai." #BigTechBarons

@davidcicilline on 🔥

Asks about internal quotes of Google people talking about killing the traffic of other sites.

Pichai deflects with talking points about competition with Amazon.
This is AWESOME. Way to go @davidcicilline. #BigTechHearing
Cicilline asks about whether Google engaged in surveillance to identify competitive threats. Pichai deflects. @davidcicilline says they have internal evidence that "Google does just that." #BigTechBarons

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Can we admit Obamacare was a disaster and Obama was a bad President yet? Or are we still pretending that Biden is the problem because he’s not cool?…
If the Rs has an alternative beyond ‘feed sick people into a woodchipper’ they would have implemented it already.
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1. A lot of people involved in the TikTok debate are saying 'hey but we aren't regulating our own social media firms so going after TikTok is cray cray.' But there is actually a lot Biden is doing to regulate social media and data you just don't know about. So let's take a look. Image
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Here's WH Press Secretary reading out talking points denying the 20% cut to the Antitrust Division budget. It would be nice if more than 5 people in the administration knew anything about the administration's policies.
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“fatal to a once-in-a-generation movement to dramatically transform government antitrust policy, for better or worse”

This is literally published 5am the day after Google lost a historic antitrust case.
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