House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, long seen as a Silicon Valley ally before publicly souring on tech of late, took a fresh shot at the industry today.
“Dear @Google, This is a disgrace,” McCarthy tweeted, alongside an image of a Google search naming Nazism as an ideology underpinning the California Republican Party in a list seemingly pulled from Wikipedia.
A Google spokesperson said its search results are not biased toward any political party and suggested the "Nazism" tag was scraped from the source in an automated process that "occasionally" lets such errors through.
“This was not the result of any manual change by anyone at Google,” the spokesperson said. “Sometimes people vandalize public information sources, like Wikipedia, which can impact the information that appears in search.”
McCarthy, the top contender to succeed Speaker Paul Ryan, earlier this week touted a recent speech taking aim at tech companies including Amazon, Twitter and Facebook for alleged anti-conservative bias. “If we get criticized for our speech or if they try to deny it, we should say it louder and more often,” McCarthy said.
Other conservatives have echoed McCarthy’s sentiments. The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign pressured Facebook and Twitter on alleged bias in a May 17 letter.
“This one from @google is even more disgusting than @instagram putting up a note that those searching a # of my name ‘could cause harm and even lead to death,'” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted today. “So much for free thought or speech!”
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