Congress should look at Google and whether it should be regulated as a monopoly

Washington Examiner:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Sunday there may be a need for Google to testify after the company's search engine showed results linking Republicans to "Nazism."

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, the California Republican framed the issue as one in which tech monopolies "should be reined in" and called for a new search engine to compete against Google that doesn't "censor" conservatives.

"I think there's a free market solution here if somebody can compete with Google. If they can't, then ultimately we're looking at monopolies and then that brings in a whole other set of circumstances is — are these companies; Facebook, Twitter, Google, apple, etc.; are they monopolies and should they be reined in," Nunes said on "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo."

"I would hope we don't have to go there. I would hope that they just don't get involved in politics and don't censor conservatives and Republicans, but if they continue to do it then we have to move obviously to hearings on these issues," he added.

Conservatives this week were in an uproar after a Google search showed the word "Nazism" in an information box about the California Republican Party's ideology. Further exacerbating the issue, a separate search for Trudy Wade, a North Carolina state senator who is a Republican and a supporter of President Trump, pulled up a picture Friday with the word "BIGOT" in red.

Google has apologized for the offending search results, which in the case of the "Nazism" search it called "vandalism," but explained that these search results were automatically populated by sites across the Internet. "We have systems in place that catch vandalism before it impacts search results, but occasionally errors get through, and that's what happened here," Google said in a statement. "This would have been fixed systematically once we processed the removal from Wikipedia, but when we noticed the vandalism we worked quickly to accelerate this process to remove the erroneous information."
I have found DuckDuckGo is a good alternative to Google.  It also does not do the creepy ads that follow you to various sites the way Google does.  There has been substantial discussion of the hostile environment within Google to conservatives that appears to be bleeding through in their search results.  After the 2016 election, they changed their search results to discriminate against conservative sites and their YouTube subsidiary began demonetizing conservative content.


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