The chief executive officers of Facebook, Inc. Common Stock (NASDAQ:FB), Alphabet Inc Class A (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) are likely to appear for a public hearing. According to a Senate Intelligence Committee, the three will be answering questions related to security. They will, in addition, explain the status of their relationships with Chinese telecommunications firms. Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner and Chairman Richard Burr are the lawmakers behind the calling for a public hearing.
Google will have a task of explaining its ties to device makers Huawei Technologies Co and Xiaomi Corp. The tech firm will also outline its dealings with Tencent Holdings. The two have established a patent-sharing deal. This comes at a time when various lawmakers in the U.S are raising serious national security concerns. There had been an earlier hearing with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, which was attended by a majority of senators. However, Warner says that it did not yield much as was expected.
Lawmakers are increasingly scrutinizing big tech companies
According to John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, hundreds of Americans have no idea what is happening around their personal data. This is the more reason why the lawmakers are stepping up their game of scrutiny of the big tech companies. A report by the Wall Street Journal reveals that scrutiny for Google’s Android operating system partnership with Huawei is currently underway by members of the Congress.
Cornyn claims that it is a pity that Americans are learning now how Facebook and Google are using their data to grow their business.
The U.S. considers Chinese firms such a security risk to a majority of businesses
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Huawei, founded in 1988, seems not to be in good business terms with the U.S government. According to the Cornyn, the China’s largest maker of telecommunications equipment is a national-security threat to the U.S. The congressional Republicans will be pressing for more information regarding the Google-Huawei ties.
Meanwhile, many questions remain unanswered as to why Google will not be renewing its contract with a Pentagon drone program; Project Maven. However, it is still carrying out business with a virtual arm of the Chinese Communist Party and this explains a lot its intellect on patriotism.