The notion that Google is filtering its search results to fit some left-wing political agenda is wrong, argues Jon Healey of the LA Times. The company’s business model means it needs to appeal to all voices, on either side of the aisle, or risk having its market share reduced. Republicans that seek to regulate the company are ignoring their free-market ideals, which dictate that consumers would naturally gravitate away from such a company. Google simply can’t afford to do that. Additionally, there are countless rivals, such as DuckDuckGo.com that conservatives could choose instead. The huge criticism aimed at the company is excessive.
Social media companies’ leaders have been shown to hold clearly left-wing political ideals, write Steve Scalise and Cathy McMorris Rodgers for USA Today. Google’s executives proved to be highly displeased with Donald Trump’s election in a leaked video. These biases have influenced their companies and the services they provide. While policing dangerous speech online is a necessity, these tech companies have a responsibility to allow all ideologies to thrive. If they cannot achieve this, Congress will need to weigh regulations that ensure they do. Social media is too important to allow it to be influenced by partisanship.