Washington D.C. – CNBC reports that “shares of Digital World Acquisition Corp., the shell company set to take Trump Media and Technology Group public, surged after former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social social media platform was allowed on the Google Play Store Wednesday.” The news comes as the January 6th Committee disclosed more details today on how Donald Trump knowingly spread false information intended to overturn the 2020 election results and unanimously voted to subpoena Trump to discuss his role in the violent insurrection.
Government watchdog Accountable.US, the group behind the American Democracy Scorecard, found that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, received a failing grade on matters of preserving democracy in part due to its record of platforming election disinformation, issued the following statement on behalf of its Director of Corporate Values and Democracy, Lindsey Melki:
At the same time Congress details the lengths Donald Trump went to deceive the American people in a desperate plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election, Google made the incredibly reckless decision to provide Trump a massive platform to spew further disinformation. With this action, Google further demonstrates why they scored among the worst companies in the nation on matters of keeping our democracy intact. Google’s behavior is emblematic of corporate hypocrisy on democracy, promising the public they wouldn’t support those in Congress who tried to finish what the insurrectionists started —while giving influential Big Lie advocates the social platform they need to spread dangerous disinformation far and wide. Google owes its shareholders, employees and customers an explanation why they say one thing on democracy and do the opposite to its detriment and our country’s.”
Words That Will Haunt Google:
- A Google Spokesperson Said It’s PAC, NetPac, “’Has Decided That It Will Not Be Making Any Contributions This Cycle To Any Member Of Congress Who Voted Against Certification Of The Election Results.’” “Google says its political action committee, NetPAC won’t be giving any money in the 2022 midterm elections to any member of Congress who voted earlier this month to overturn the Electoral College results showing Joe Biden had won the presidential election. ‘After the disturbing events at the Capitol, NetPAC paused all contributions while undertaking a review,’ Google spokesperson José Castañeda said in a statement to CBS News. ‘Following that review, the NetPAC board has decided that it will not be making any contributions this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certification of the election results.’” [CBS News, 1/6/21]
- Following The Insurrection At The Capitol On January 6, Google CEO Sundar Pinchai Called The Violence “’The Antithesis Of Democracy,’” Saying “’Holding Free And Safe Elections And Resolving Our Differences Peacefully Are Foundational To The Functioning Of Democracy.’” “Google CEO Sundar Pichai has condemned the violent events on Capitol Hill as ‘the antithesis of democracy’ in a memo to employees. […] ‘Holding free and safe elections and resolving our differences peacefully are foundational to the functioning of democracy,” wrote Pichai. “The United States has a long and proud history of doing this. The lawlessness and violence occurring on Capitol Hill today is the antithesis of democracy and we strongly condemn it.’” [Business Insider, 1/6/21]