“Google’s hands are not tied, and there is a responsibility to act,” he wrote.
In an email to The Times, a Google spokeswoman, Lara Levine, declined to comment on the investigation or the senator’s letter.
Mr. Blumenthal made the same case in his letter to Microsoft to the company’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, and its president, Brad Smith. A Microsoft representative declined to comment.
Suicide site operators have long used Cloudflare, a US firm that provides cybersecurity, to obscure the names of their web hosts, making it difficult or impossible to know which company provides those services. providing to.
In 2019, Cloudflare was notified by Australian government officials about the dangers of suicide website. The following year, parents whose children had died while participating in the site asked Cloudflare chief executive Matthew Prince to stop providing their services on the site, but he did not respond. Cloudflare declined to respond to a request for comment for this article.
The two people who started the site using the online names Marquis and Serge had tried to hide their true identities. But using domain registration records and invoices, financial documents, other online activity, court records and interviews, The Times revealed they are Lamarcus Smalls, 28, of Huntsville, Ala., and Diego Joaquin Galante, 29, of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Mr Small denied any involvement with the site. Mr Galante acknowledged in an email that he posted on the site as Surge, but denied that he was its founder or operator.
After the article was published, on December 9, Marquis announced on the site that he was resigning as an administrator, permanently deleting his account and handing over the operation of the site to someone using the online name RainAndSadness. Used to be.