Three Republican senators have written to Google CEO Sundar Pichai calling on him to reconcile Pichai’s claim that “Google does not modify any products, including Search, to promote a particular political viewpoint” with a new study finding that reminders to vote were sent only to liberals prior to the election.
The letter by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chair Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Sen. Mike Lee, (R-Utah) quotes the findings of an election-monitoring project led by Dr. Robert Epstein.
Google may have shifted “millions of votes” if the study’s findings are representative of Google’s behavior nationally, Dr. Epstein reports:
“One of our most disturbing findings so far is that between October 26th (the day our system became fully operational) and Thursday, October 29th, only our liberal field agents received vote reminders on Google’s home page. Conservatives did not receive even a single vote reminder. This kind of targeting, if present nationwide, could shift millions of votes, in part because Google’s home page is seen 500 million times a day in the U.S.”
“Based on Dr. Epstein’s response, it would appear your assertion that ‘We won’t do any work, you know, to politically tilt anything one way or the other’ is not true,” the senators write.
The letter informs Pichai that the senators are asking Dr. Epstein to provide Congress with “evidence of Google’s politically biased activities” during the election cycle and calls on the Google CEO to respond by 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2020.
Read the senators’ full letter to Google CEO Pichai here.