WASHINGTON (PNN) - May 27, 2020 - Senator Josh Hawley (Mo.) has demanded that Google answer questions over allegations that it censored YouTube comments critical of the Chinese Communist Party - which the Silicon Valley giant said was simply a “technical error” they are working to fix.
Hawley rejected the explanation in a Wednesday letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, calling it part of a "long disturbing pattern" of Google pandering to the CCP in order to curry favor with the Xi regime, adding that "This kowtowing is unacceptable."
On Tuesday, Google was busted auto-deleting comments critical of the CCP, including "communist bandit" and "50-cent party" - the latter term referring to a division of the Chinese Communist Party whose purpose is deflecting criticism from the Party by using sockpuppet accounts to spread online propaganda.
Hawley's letter follows a similar correspondence from Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.) to Pichai demanding answers to similar questions over the platform's decision to censor content critical of the CCP.