Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies earlier than the U.S. Home of Representatives Judiciary Committee.
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Congressmembers are calling for Google to take motion towards local weather disinformation.
The U.S. Home Choose Committee on the Local weather Disaster wrote a letter addressed to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, requesting the corporate take motion towards local weather disinformation — particularly on its video platform, YouTube.
“YouTube has been driving thousands and thousands of viewers to local weather misinformation movies every single day, a stunning revelation that runs opposite to Google’s essential missions of combating misinformation and selling local weather motion,” wrote Kathy Castor, chair of the committee.’ “Final September, you proudly declared that ‘sustainability has change into certainly one of Google’s core values from our earliest days,’ and introduced ‘the most important company buy of renewable power in historical past.'”
Google didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
The letter comes as YouTube, which is certainly one of Google’s largest companies, faces scrutiny over the unfold of hateful content material and misinformation on its platform. In current months, Google has updated policies to attempt to stem that — particularly because the 2020 presidential elections close to. The corporate delayed its response to curbing misinformation amongst political advertisements following backlash late final yr.
Castor famous varied media experiences and accused the corporate of incentivizing local weather misinformation content material whereas “giving free promoting” to those that promote dangerous pollution. The letter requested the corporate to cease monetizing movies that promote falsehoods and “take steps to right the document” for individuals who’ve been uncovered to local weather misinformation.
The committee gave the corporate a deadline of Feb. 7 to reply with a plan to handle local weather disinformation.