Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) testified at a hearing of the Senate Bank, Housing and Urban Affairs Commission on Facebook’s Proposed Investigation of Digital Currency and Data Privacy Considerations in Washington. During, we ask David Marcus, who is responsible for Facebook’s Calibra (Digital Wallet Service). July 16, 2019.
Erin Scott | Reuters
Some lawmakers are urging Google To reduce misleading search results that lead people looking for an abortion service to a crisis pregnancy center that opposes it.
The letter, led by Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) And Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), Is based on a survey by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a non-profit organization. According to the letter, 11% of search results for “abortion clinics near me” and “abortion pills” are actually in states with triggers that effectively ban abortions if the Roe v. Wade case is overturned. Refers to “a fake clinic against abortion”. ..
The report also found that in these states, 37% of Google Maps search results were about “fake clinics,” and so were 28% of Google ads displayed at the top of the results. did.
Lawmakers said Google actually provided a disclaimer for misleading ads in so-called fake clinics in 2019, but criticized it as hard to see for users.
“But such warnings don’t exist in Google Search’s unsponsored search results,” the lawmakers wrote. “The proliferation of these misleading ads seems to be a reversal of concerns from Google’s 2014 commitment to remove ads from the Crisis Pregnancy Center, which engages in the obvious deception of women looking for abortion information online. Indicates what is to be done. “
Legislators asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai about steps to prevent users from seeing abortion clinics in Google search results, ads, and maps when they search for abortion services. They asked that if Google did not take action to prevent the consequences, it would at least add a “user-friendly disclaimer” explaining whether the resulting clinic would not provide an abortion. ..
The letter was signed by 18 other Democratic Senators and representatives, as well as an independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Google didn’t respond immediately.