Republican Congressmen Grill Google CEO Sundar Pichai for Making Southern Poverty Law Center a ‘Trusted Flagger’ of YouTube Videos

Republican members of Congress were critical of Google CEO Sundar Pichai for his company’s decision to give the Southern Poverty Law Center power to help monitor the content of videos on YouTube.

Pichai gave testimony on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee regarding issues of Google political bias, privacy concerns, and transparency.

Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas began his remarks by commending Pichai for what his company does and by noting that he opposes excessive government regulation of Google.

Rep. Gohmert then noted that his problem with Google was “when the government gives it immunity from lawsuits over to a private corporation” whose leader “doesn’t even realize that there is political bias run amok in his company.”

As an example, Gohmert cited Google’s decision to make the Southern Poverty Law Center one of more than one hundred non-government entities that monitors YouTube’s content as part of the site’s “Trusted Flaggers” program.

“The Southern Poverty Law Center really has stirred up more hate than about any other group I know,” stated Gohmert, who then cited the 2012 attempted mass shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters by Floyd Lee Corkins.

A gay rights activist, Corkins explained to authorities that he decided to target the FRC because of their placement on the SPLC’s list of hate groups.

“They stirred up hate against the [FRC] and a guy goes in shooting,” Gohmert told Pichai. “You consider them a ‘trusted flagger’ and yet they keep creating problems for people who are not haters.”

“You’re so surrounded by liberality that hates conservatism, hates people that really love our Constitution and the freedoms its afforded people like you, that you don’t even recognize it.”

Gohmert argued that Google should be liable when his company and the companies they are connected to use their technology to attack conservatives.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski