Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) continues to be the subject of increased criticism over allegations it used its close ties with the current regime at the White House to influence the outcome of an FTC report. Key staffers had recommended the company be sued, something that never happened after the agency’s commissioners voted against the idea. Speaking on Fox Business, Monster World Wide senior vice president, Joanie Courtney, said the allegations just proves how powerful Google has become and its reach of top officials in the current administration.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s access to high-ranking officials in the Obama administration during a critical phase of the antitrust probe highlights the search giant reach in Washington and a point of concern to the industry at large. There has been allegations that since Obama took office, senior staff members from the search giant have visited the house on the hill for about 230 times averaging one visit a week.
“It has been going on probably for decades and the numbers just keep growing and growing but this just proves Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s powers and their reach of what they can do. You look at Comcast, they are comparing it Comcast who has only visited the white house may be 20 times. Compare 20-times to 230-times, what are all these meetings about?” said Mrs. Courtney.
Three weeks after Obama got re-elected, the FTC said it was not going to mount charges against Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) over antitrust violations contrary to recommendations by key staff members, who believed there was sufficient evidence for the same. The revelations by the Wall Street Journal essentially shows how Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) was close to facing charges.
The White House on it defense says the FTC is an independent agency and there is nothing it can do to influence the decisions it makes. The fact that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) acts as the custodian of information of millions of people who uses its platforms all over the world, raises further concerns especially on the level of privacy it accords information on its hands
“What do you think companies are doing now? They are taking all our information and they are using that as a potential […] It is valuable so am sure that has something to do with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) taking these meetings in the white house, they are data mining all of us. We should be aware of that,” said Hitha Herzog, Author and Retail Analyst
However, it may not be right to judge Google based on the number of trips it has made to the White house, because no one truly knows what the meetings are all about, affirms Penn Financial Group Founder Mathew McCall
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