California Congressman Ted Lieu used his time questioning Google CEO Sundar Pichai, testifying before the House Judiciary Committee about political bias (among other things, like foreign influence in elections), to both explain how the Google search engine works and shame his Republican colleagues, blasting one Republican in particular.
To prove there was no political bias against conservatives, Lieu showed how a Google News search for Congressman Steve Scalise resulted in positive stories, and then did a live Google News search for Congressman Steve King and read the first result: Steve King's 'racist' immigration talk prompts calls for congressional censure. That's a pretty low-key, savvy way to blast King, who was also on the panel.
He ended with a message everyone in politics should pay attention to.
"So let me just conclude here by stating the obvious; if you want positive search results, do positive things, if you don't want negative search results, don't do negative things. And to some of my colleagues across the aisle, if you're getting bad press articles and bad search results, don't blame Google or Facebook or Twitter, consider blaming yourself."
The hearing also gave Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, also from California, the opportunity to let everyone know what comes up when you do a Google Image search for "idiot."
Well done California. Well done.
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