U.S. Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), raised the issue of social media’s lack of neutrality with social media CEOs who testified before the House on July 29.
For Jordan, the issue is of particular importance, given the proximity of the presidential elections, and the long history of censorship and interference against conservatives presented in the large social networks and in favor of the Democrats.
Thus, Jordan addressed Google CEO Sundar Pichai, asking him if his company would try to influence the upcoming election in favor of Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his party, according to Townhall.
Pichai responded that Google would be “neutral,” but by adding, “as usual,” he also added unease and doubt to that statement, given the frequent accusations of censorship that have been made against the company in the past.
“I’ll just cut to the chase: Big Tech is out to get conservatives,,” Jordan said. “That’s not a suspicion. That’s not a hunch. That’s a fact.” he further stressed, according to the Washington Examiner.
Rep. @Jim_Jordan: "Is Google going to tailor its features to help Joe Biden in the 2020 election?"
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 29, 2020
It is worth remembering that Google handles more than 90 percent of all internet searches performed worldwide.
Jordan recounted how conservative American media Breitbart and the Daily Caller had recently been removed from the Google search engine, and that the company had threatened to demonetize and ban The Federalist.
Jordan also mentioned that Amazon banned President Trump’s account on Twitch, [a platform that allows live broadcasts] after he expressed concern about the lack of funding for the police.
Jordan also referred to Amazon’s ban of a conservative book that criticized the CCP (Chineses Communist Party) Virus quarantine and its denial of charitable donations to conservative organizations using the Amazon Smile page.
As for Twitter censorship, the network’s integrity chief has a history of anti-Trump comments on the platform, including one in which he wrote that there were “real Nazis in the White House,” according to the New York Post.
Toward the end of his questioning, Jordan was interrupted by Democratic lawmakers, who rebuked him, telling him his time was up, and that he should put on the mask.