Ignore the Republican senators ranting about censorship. One very astute thing got pointed out at this panel that was obvious in retrospect.
Let’s say you have a newspaper. And you have a comments section on your articles. Google doesn’t like to let you put Google ads next to awful disgusting comments because advertisers don’t like being there. So you either have to not have comments, heavily moderate all comments, or put comments on a completely separate page with no advertisements. Otherwise, the Google ads that pay for you to eat will go away.
Meanwhile Google has YouTube with the world’s worst comments that they run ads next to no problem.
But there’s more. Here we see a situation where Google is holding newspapers responsible for content that is posted by their users. Meanwhile Google enjoys a legal policy that explicitly makes it not responsible, in the eyes of the law, for content posted on Google sites by its users.
Google hypocritically enforces a policy on others that it also argues should not be forced upon itself.