Google CEO, after cooperating with Chinese censorship, refuses to testify to U.S. Senate

Google CEO, after cooperating with Chinese censorship, refuses to testify to U.S. Senate
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg (L) and Google's Sundar Pichai (R). (Images: Zuckerberg, Facebook. Pichai, YouTube)

[Ed. – We are left to assume that’s because you can cooperate with authoritarian government censorship in the dark, rather than out in the light where everyone can see your posture and your answers.]

Google’s Sundar Pichai is facing bipartisan criticism for refusing to testify at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing next week, but the panel’s chairman signaled he’s unlikely to issue a subpoena to force the chief executive officer to appear.

“I don’t normally subpoena people to be part of the solution,” Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina said Tuesday when asked if he’s considering such a step. “Google chooses not to participate and being part of the solution. That’s a decision they made.” …

Alphabet Inc.’s Google previously announced it would send Kent Walker, its senior vice president for global affairs. The company said Tuesday that Walker, who’s overseeing its efforts to tackle foreign interference, will be in Washington and available to meet with lawmakers on the day of the hearing.

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But Burr — who had asked Pichai to testify — had said Thursday, Aug. 23, that Walker wasn’t sufficiently high up in the company, according to a panel spokeswoman.

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