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Brazilian Senate to hear Google, Facebook, Twitter in pandemic probe

Facebook, Google and Twitter logos are seen in this combination photo from Reuters files. BRASÍLIA, June 23 (Reuters) – A Brazilian Senate committee on Wednesday formally approved a request to call representatives of Google (GOOGL.O), Facebook (FB.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) to testify in an ongoing probe into the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Senators want to look into what role the companies had in helping to spread potentially dangerous misinformation during the pandemic.

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McConnell says it’s ‘highly unlikely’ he’d fill Biden SCOTUS vacancy in 2024 if GOP retakes Senate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says it would be “highly unlikely” that he’d allow President Biden to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024 if Republicans were to take control of the chamber. Appearing Monday on conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show, McConnell was presented with a hypothetical of a Supreme Court vacancy after a GOP victory in the 2022 midterm elections. The scenario was based on what occurred in 2016, following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin… Source link

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Amazon, Google execs lead U.S. Senate panel antitrust hearing witness list

Executives from Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) and Amazon.com (AMZN.O) head the list of witnesses for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee next week, along with an executive from speaker maker Sonos Inc (SONO.O), which has been critical of the two tech giants. Ryan McCrate, an associate general counsel, will speak for Amazon while public policy specialist Wilson White will testify for Google, said Senators Amy Klobuchar, chair of the panel, and Mike Lee, the… Source link

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Senate Democrats call on Google to conduct racial equity audit

The lawmakers called a racial equity audit “long overdue,” but said it would only amount to an initial step — Google must also increase efforts to hire a diverse workforce and continually evaluate its policies and products for potential discriminatory harms, they wrote. Google spokespeople did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Civil rights in the spotlight: Google is the latest Silicon Valley behemoth to face pressure to examine its impact on individuals and… Source link

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Senate Republicans kill Jan. 6 commission on pro-Trump Capitol riot

By a vote of 54-35, the Senate on Friday blocked a bipartisan proposal to create an independent inquiry into what led a violent mob of Trump supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, temporarily halting the certification of the 2020 presidential election. Passage of the measure required 60 votes, but just six Republicans joined Democrats to vote in favor of the measure, which was passed in the House last week. “Donald Trump’s big lie has now fully enveloped the Republican Party,” Senate… Source link

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App makers blast Apple and Google in Senate hearing on app store policies

In a lengthy Senate hearing, the app makers said Apple and Google’s rules surrounding in-app payments and app updates allow the tech giants to choke off rival services, and that they engage in retaliation when app developers refuse to comply. The occasionally tense showdown highlighted how antitrust scrutiny of Apple is ramping up after more than a year of similar focus on its peers such as Amazon, Facebook and Google. And lawmakers were clear that the hearing would serve as a springboard… Source link

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Apple, Google Come Under Fire at Senate Antitrust Hearing

WASHINGTON—Lawmakers and mobile app companies took aim at Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google in a hearing Wednesday focused on competition concerns about the companies’ power over their smartphone ecosystems. The hearing marked an escalation of lawmakers’ antitrust scrutiny on smartphone makers, and particularly Apple. Google already has been sued by federal and state authorities… Source link

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App Providers Are ‘All Afraid’ Of Apple’s And Google’s Market Power, Match Group And Spotify Tell Senate

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein-Pool/Getty Images) Getty Images Executives from Apple and Google fielded accusations of anti-competitive behavior from lawmakers and other technology companies during an antitrust hearing on Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee. Much of the testimony was aimed at Apple’s App Store and the Google Play app marketplace, with executives from music streaming platform… Source link

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Senate to Call Spotify, Match at Apple, Google Antitrust Hearing

(Bloomberg) — Google will send a top policy executive to testify at Wednesday’s Senate app store antitrust hearing, while legal executives from Spotify Technology SA, Tile and Match Group Inc. will serve as witnesses, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Google Senior Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy Wilson White will be the search giant’s representative, joining Apple Chief Compliance Officer Kyle Andeer in the spotlight. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s… Source link

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