LETTERS: Competition needed for Google’s heavy hand

Recently, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings concerning Google, Prager University, YouTube, Twitter, censorship, internet search manipulation and similar issues.

These testimonies manifest Google’s grave threat to our democratic republic.

Currently, Google restricts at least 56 Prager University videos (the number changes) comprehensible at age 10-12, without sex, violence or profanity, but classifying as porn or violence for viewers using internet filter users (libraries, schools, churches, some family home computers).

Stating PragerU videos don’t meet “community standards” (whose community?), Google never gives Prager University specific explanation for censorship.

Answering Sen. Ted Cruz’s question about Google’s restriction of Prager University’s 2014 video, The Ten Commandments, Google executive Karan Bhatia said the video referred to murder.


Utilizing swastikas and hammer and sickle images representing evil, this video explains that some people (Nazis, Communists) still believe murder is justifiable.

Sen. Mazie Hirono suggests swastikas could trigger censorship.

Robert Epstein, PhD. (politically center/center left), testified Google’s subliminal, manipulated search results can change opinions and produce voting preference of undecided voters from 20 to 80 percent in some demographic groups.

Epstein stated, “bias in Google’s search results may have shifted upwards of 78.2 million votes” to one party’s candidates before the 2018 election.

His research found “Google’s “autocomplete” search suggestions can turn a 50/50 split among undecided voters into a 90/10 split without people’s awareness.

Epstein’s riveting testimony transcript provides solutions: first, provide competition — eliminate Google’s monopoly.

Left unrestricted, Big Tech holds the ability to destroy legitimate future elections, our First Amendment, our democratic republic and freedom.

Susan Shotthafer,

Port Angeles