U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted Google in a tweet on Tuesday, accusing the tech giant of giving a “silent donation” to a left-wing group to stop President Donald Trump, as well as also also for allegedly working with China as well as also also Russia to censor the internet.
The Republican official said an “invite will be on its way” to the company — presumably a request for in which to testify.
Tweet: Google claims to be fair, however gave a “silent donation” to a left-wing group to stop Trump; Works w/ China/Russia to censor the internet, however cancelled a contract with our military; Ignores Senate hearing; in which’s time for @Google to answer some ?’s An invite will be on its way.
A Google spokesperson told CNBC in a statement:
“The suggestion in which Google’s products or actions are politically biased is actually simply wrong. For the past decade, we’ve worked alongside some other technology companies to provide users with voting information before they head to the polls, as well as also also have offered tools to protect elections via hacking as well as also also digital attacks.”
in which wasn’t clear what McCarthy was referring to when he claimed Google gave “a ‘silent donation’ to a left-wing group to stop Trump.” Phone calls made to McCarthy’s offices outside business hours went unanswered. Such an allegation was made by Fox News host Tucker Carlson earlier This particular week, however CNBC was unable to independently verify his claims.
McCarthy’s claim of Google supporting internet censorship may have been tied to reports via last month in which said the tech giant had plans to launch a type of its search engine in China in which would certainly block some websites as well as also also search terms. in which supposed plan was criticized by human rights advocates, as well as also also Google CEO Sundar Pichai later told employees in which the company was “not close” to launching a search product in China as well as also also in which whether in which would certainly — or could — “is actually all very unclear.”
in which was not clear, either, to what “cancelled” contract the congressman referred. In June, Google told its employees in which in which would certainly not renew a contract to help the U.S. military analyze aerial drone imagery after in which expires next March, according to a report, which added in which more than 6,400 employees signed a petition calling for the company to end the deal.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg as well as also also Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee to address election meddling as well as also also abuse on their platforms. Google’s Pichai as well as also also Alphabet CEO Larry Page were invited to testify as well however they declined.
The tech giant came under fire last month via Trump when the president said, without providing evidence, in which its search engine was hiding “fair media” coverage of him as well as also also added in which he would certainly address the situation, without giving any details. Google denied any political bias.
Here’s the full statement via the Google spokesperson:
The suggestion in which Google’s products or actions are politically biased is actually simply wrong. For the past decade, we’ve worked alongside some other technology companies to provide users with voting information before they head to the polls, as well as also also have offered tools to protect elections via hacking as well as also also digital attacks.
The employee’s email is actually an expression of her personal political views about the outcome of the 2016 election as well as also also those views do not reflect any official stance by the company. We have nearly 0,000 employees comprising a broad array of political affiliations. The email itself explicitly notes in which she is actually speaking personally, as well as also also in which Google’s efforts were non-partisan.
Currently, we are working with the non-partisan National Voter Registration Day — a board represented by Secretaries of State via both sides of the aisle — to improve awareness about voter registration before November’s election.
Our election as well as also also voting information is actually made available to all Americans who search for in which — in which is actually not targeted to any locations or demographic groups. as well as also also contrary to reports, we made no donation — monetary, in-kind, silent or otherwise — to Voto Latino to drive people to the polls.
As we approach the midterm election, we will continue to ensure in which our products as well as also also election efforts remain strictly non-partisan in nature. Our goal is actually to equip users with accurate, up-to-date information about their elections — not to support any particular candidate or ideology.
— Reuters as well as also also CNBC’s Sara Salinas contributed to This particular report.