Warner Slams Google for Not Sending Representative to Senate Intel Hearing
WARNER: "I'm pleased that both Facebook and Twitter have sent their company's top leadership to address some of the critical public policy challenges. I look forward to constructive engagement. I'd say, though, I'm deeply disappointed that Google, one of the most influential digital platforms in the world, chose not to send its own top corporate leadership to engage this Committee, because I know our members have a series of difficult questions about structural vulnerabilities on a number of Google's platforms that we need answers for, from Google search, which continues to have problems surfacing absurd conspiracies, to YouTube where Russian-backed disinformation agents promoted hundreds of divisive videos, to Gmail where state-sponsored operatives attempted countless hacking attempts. Google has an immense responsibility in this space given its size and influence. I would have thought that leadership at Google would have wanted to demonstrate how seriously it takes these challenges and actually take a leadership role in this important discussion. Unfortunately, they didn't choose to make that decision, but for the two companies that have chosen to constructively engage and to publicly answer some difficult and challenging questions, again, thank you."