Google will testify at congressional committee


Google said it would volunteer to have some of its top executives testify at a congressional committee.

In a statement, the company said it wanted to work constructively with the heritage committee that is studying Google’s actions after the Silicon Valley giant ran a five-week test to block links news link to some Canadian users.

The test is intended to assess the impact of the potential response to Bill C-18, the controversial Liberal government’s Online News Act.

Google will send its president of global affairs and chief legal officer, Kent Walker, and its vice president of news, Richard Gingras, to be available to meet with the committee, the spokesperson said.

Both rejected the committee’s summons earlier this month.

The head of Google Canada appeared in their place, but Google said it recognized that MPs on the committee continued to have questions they wanted answered.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 18, 2023.


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