Jen Gennai, Google Head of Responsible Innovation, said in a new unearthed video that Google should not be broken up because smaller companies don’t have the resources Google has
Jen Gennai is Google Head of Responsible Innovation. In June 2019, Gennai published a Medium blog post titled, “This is not how I expected Monday to go!” The piece was written after she returned to the US from an overseas trip, and found “an enormous collection of threatening calls, voicemails, text messages and emails,” from unknown people.
It all started after Project Veritas, a conservative media outlet that specializes in exposing organizations by using undercover audio and video recordings of prominent people, to show that they are biased against conservatives. Back in May 2019, disguised as an organization called “2 Step Tech Solutions,” a representative from Project Veritas met up with Gennai for dinner at a restaurant in San Francisco to discuss a mentoring program for young women of color in tech.
Gennai said she was filmed at the restaurant without her consent by Project Veritas, which Gennai said they lied about who they were. Gennai later claimed the resulting video has been selectively edited to make it appear as if Google senior executives like Gennai are biased against conservatives and intend to suppress certain search results so as to disadvantage conservatives in the upcoming US elections.
Fast forward a year later, the U.S. government and 11 states filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google for allegedly breaking the law in using its market power to fend off rivals. According to the lawsuit, the lawyers representing the DOJ accuse Google of illegally using its monopoly power to stifle competition and hurt consumers through exclusionary agreements, including deals like the one it struck with Apple making Google the default search engine on the Safari browser on iPhones. One of the options being considered by the U.S. government is the idea of breaking up Google into separate companies.
It is now abundantly clear that Google is not going to give up without a fight. A new video of Gennai’s meeting with Project Veritas has just surfaced on social media. In the video, which was part of the same video recorded in June 2019, Gennai said that Google should not be broken up because smaller companies don’t have the resources Google has. She also added that Google has not shown up because they know Congress is just going to attack them.
“We got called in front of Congress multiple times, and we’ve not shown up because we know they’re just going to attack us. We’re not going to change our, we’re not going to change our mind. There’s no point in just sitting there being attacked over something we know we’re not going to change. Like they can pressure us but we’re not changing. But we also have to be aware of what they’re doing and what they’re accusing us of. Like I said, they can just… Elizabeth Warren even, I love her but she’s also saying you’ve just got to break up Google and that will solve everything.”
Below is the video recording.
GOOGLE EXEC: "We got called in front of Congress multiple times, so we've not shown up because we know that they're just going to attack us. We're not going to change our, we're not going to change our mind." #GoogleExposed pic.twitter.com/cQAdro6nfi
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) June 24, 2019