Today, Campaign for Accountability released a report revealing that Apple and Google continue to offer nearly 20 podcasts that promote far-right militia groups and the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, despite the role these movements played in fueling the deadly U.S. Capitol riot.
TTP Report Details Google’s Exclusive Access to Government Airfield Within Minutes of Company Headquarters
The sweetheart deal between a Google-affiliated company, H211, and the government dates back to 2007, when Google promised to pay a lease, and help NASA collect atmospheric data in exchange for landing rights at the field. However, flight data reviewed by TTP shows far more flight activity from private planes used by Google executives than from the single fighter jet used to by Google to satisfy the minimum requirements laid out in the scientific portion of the lease agreement.
Google Air: TTP Series Tracks Google’s Lobbying and Environmental Impact Through Its Private Fleet of Planes
Google’s parent company, Alphabet, uses a sprawling fleet of private aircraft to traverse the globe, despite the company’s public pledges to fight climate change.
TTP found that search terms like “register to vote,” “vote by mail,” and “where is my polling place” generated ads linking to websites that charge bogus fees for voter registration, harvest user data, or plant unwanted software on people’s browsers.
On December 20, 2019, CfA released a new report documenting the deep, and longstanding alliance between Google and the Koch political network.
Tucker Carlson: Heritage Foundation, Other Koch-Funded Groups Carrying Water For Big Tech’s Left-Wing Agenda
"The Fox News host brought up a recently obtained report from the Campaign for Accountability showing how 'conservative organizations in DC have colluded with Big Tech to shield left-wing monopolies from any oversight at all.'"
Google Transparency Project Releases Database of 3,000 Grants Awarded to Academic Researchers by Google
On December 20, 2019, CfA released a new database of 2,951 financial awards made by Google to academic researchers working in both public policy and non-public policy-oriented disciplines. The database is a comprehensive, user friendly archive of all of the grants that Google discloses on its website.
"The nonprofit watchdog Campaign for Accountability, citing a recent Wall Street Journal report on Google’s “blacklists” of certain phrases or terms to shape search results, sent a letter to Senate leaders raising concerns about Google’s recent testimony on the topic. (A Google spokesperson told MT “the testimony was 100% accurate.”)"
Watchdog Calls for Criminal Investigation of Google VP for Potentially Lying to Congress about Company Blacklists
On November 21, 2019, CfA asked the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, to refer Karan Bhatia, Vice President for Government Affairs & Public Policy at Google, to the U.S. Department of Justice for investigation into whether Mr. Bhatia may have provided false testimony to the committee during a hearing concerning Google’s manipulation of search results.
"'The landscape of advocacy groups in Washington is complicated, and large technology companies benefit from this confusion,' Daniel Stevens, executive director for the Campaign for Accountability, said."