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"Put your mask on": Debate over Google's neutrality leads to pointed exchange on Capitol Hill

CA, 30 Jul 2020
Four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Apple’s Tim Cook — answered for their companies’ practices before Congress at a hearing Wednesday by the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan questioned how Google would conduct itself during the 2020 presidential election and asked Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet (parent company of Google) if he would commit to not "configure your features" to have Google's search algorithms favour Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this year.

Pichai committed they would conduct themselves in a "neutral way."

Following this exchange, Democratic Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon suggested redirecting the conversion to anti-trust laws and not "conspiracy theories," prompting a heated conversation from Jordan with Rep. David Cicilline, who told him it was no longer his allotted time to speak and to "put your mask on."

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