Rubio Warns Google About Becoming a Monopoly After CEO Ducks Hearing Rubio Warns Google About Becoming a Monopoly After CEO Ducks Hearing – NTK Network

Rubio Warns Google About Becoming a Monopoly After CEO Ducks Hearing

The Senate Intelligence committee member noted his disappointment with Alphabet CEO Larry Page for not testifying alongside executives from Facebook and Twitter.

By NTK Staff | 09.04.2018 @3:00pm
Rubio Warns Google About Becoming a Monopoly After CEO Ducks Hearing

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) warned Google that it risked becoming a monopoly by behaving like one. The remarks came as the Florida senator expressed his regret that Alphabet CEO Larry Page would not testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week alongside executives from Facebook and Twitter.

Alphabet is the parent company of Google. Despite receiving an invitation from the committee to discuss potential interference from foreign actors on its site, Page elected not to appear at Wednesday’s hearing.

“I don’t know if it’s because [Page] wants to avoid being asked about those things or because they think they’re so important and so powerful that they don’t need to provide congressional testimony,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), another member of the Intelligence Committee. “They should be careful with that. When a company gets too big to become accountable, they become a monopoly.”

Google did offer up Kent Walker, the company’s senior vice president of global affairs and chief legal officer, to testify. The Intelligence Committee rejected that offer.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are scheduled to appear before the committee this week.

Google’s decision not to send its CEO, Sundar Pichai, is “an insult to the public,” according to CNBC Tech Editor Steve Kovach, who laid out his argument for why Google should testify like so:

It’s because Google is so big. It’s because it has built so many moats around its businesses. It’s because it needs personal data from users to make its billions. It’s because it built a suite of powerful platforms ripe for abuse from Russia and Iran. That’s what makes it so offensive that Google won’t take its responsibility seriously enough to put its leader in front of the Senate and explain how it’s going to do better.

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