Rep. Goodlatte on Google CEO Grilling: Use of Antitrust Laws 'Needs to Be Reviewed'
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said on "America's Newsroom" that federal antitrust laws must be reviewed to account for Google's massive share of search traffic.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai was grilled on Capitol Hill Tuesday, with Republicans pressing him on suspicions that conservative content is ranked lower in the company's search algorithms.
Goodlatte was asked Wednesday by Sandra Smith whether he favors government regulation of Google, which is estimated to account for 90 percent of web searches.
"I would prefer not to regulate, but I do think the application of our antitrust laws - which promotes fair competition - needs to be reviewed," he answered.
Goodlatte argued that Google must face the same scrutiny as online news organizations if they're choosing which content is served up to consumers.
"It's clear that companies like Google are doing more to edit the content that appears on their platform, making them more hands-on. If it were just, 'here's out platform, put whatever you want on it,' that's totally free speech. But if it's not free speech, why do they get a free pass on protection against libel, for example?" he asked, urging Americans to view the questions and answers from the hearing.
Goodlatte said Congress did not get all the answers it wanted from Pichai, but he agreed to provide further information. Goodlatte said Congress must be involved if there is even a "suspicion" that bias by Google employees could be influencing search results.
Watch the full interview above and see House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy's take on the hearing below.