We can all probably agree that Google is one of the most powerful companies in the world, but is it also the most dangerous?
US Senator Ted Cruz doesn’t seem to have any doubt, as he told Breitbart in an interview after participating in a campaign event in Georgia over the weekend.
While Twitter is the most brazen, Cruz said that Big Tech in general today represents the greatest single threat to free and fair elections. But if he had to choose the one most dangerous in this respect, the senator had no problem picking Google, blasting it as “the most dangerous company on the face of the planet.”
The nature of the danger the trillion-dollar giant represents to democracy, according to Cruz, is its sheer size, power and the resulting influence. He also mentioned its dominant position in the search market.
Google today has few if any viable competitors in the search segment in the western world, and at the same time, together with Facebook, forms a duopoly in the digital ads market – the source of its vast financial power. At the same time, the company owns and strictly polices the giant video platform YouTube.
But critics, as well as insiders and whistleblowers, have long been accusing Google of misusing all this power to promote an anti-conservative bias.
Cruz, clearly one of those critics, also spoke about what he termed to be manipulated search outcomes. The senator cited Dr. Robert Epstein – who he said was a Clinton-voting Democrat and a liberal, and who in 2019 testified before the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution – as saying that this manipulation had resulted in shifting “over 2.6 million votes in 2016 to the Democrats.”
Cruz also spoke about other members of the Big Tech, including Facebook and Twitter CEOs who in November participated in a hearing dedicated to manipulation and censorship on their platforms, not least of information about US presidential election rigging, and the New York Post story about the scandal involving Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
And while here, he said Twitter took to brazenly censoring information about “the Biden laptop,” Cruz’s comments about Facebook weren’t as biting. “I will give some degree of credit that Mark Zuckerberg at least acknowledges the need to protect free speech,” Cruz said.