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Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan demands answers on White House role in Google's 'Woke' Gemini AI

The tweet says “The committee is investigating how and to what extent the Executive Branch has colluded with Big Tech and other intermediaries to censor Americans' speech.”

Published: March 2, 2024 3:30pm

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has sent a letter demanding information on the role of the Biden administration in Google’s “Woke” Gemini AI.

The letter was made public Saturday in a tweet from the House Judiciary Committee, of which Jordan is the chairman. It was sent to Daniel F. Donovan, a Washington-based attorney with the King & Spalding law firm who specializes in congressional investigations and who represents Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

The tweet says “The committee is investigating how and to what extent the Executive Branch has colluded with Big Tech and other intermediaries to censor Americans' speech.”

“Recent reporting alleges that the Executive Branch, most notably the Biden White House, may have influenced the development of Alphabet’s Gemini AI model,” says the letter from Jordan.

“On October 30, 2023, President Biden issued an Executive Order on the ‘Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence,’ which claimed to serve as an overarching guide to how the Biden Administration will approach issues like AI development and deployment. The Executive Order states that its guidelines will purportedly ‘advance equity.’  A recent report by the company’s Gemini Team stated that its new AI tool was evaluated by external groups, which were selected based on their alignment with the Biden White House Executive Order and ‘White House Commitments.’ Alphabet claimed that it worked with these external groups ‘to help identify areas for improvement,’ including ‘societal risk,’ such as alleged ‘representational harms.’

“Recent reporting has revealed the result of these so-called ‘improvements’ to the Gemini models, showcasing Gemini’s clear bias. These examples reinforce the Committee’s serious concerns about the Executive Branch engaging in censorship by proxy—using surrogates to censor, suppress, or discourage speech in a manner that the government is unable to do itself.”

This has been going on since last year, when the committee subpoenaed a series of documents from Alphabet. Now Jordan is demanding that the company "produce all documents and information as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 16, 2024."

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