“Google’s hands are not tied, and it has a responsibility to act,” he wrote.
In an email to The Times, Google spokeswoman Laura Levine declined to comment on the inquiry or the senator’s letter.
Mr. Blumenthal made the same case in a letter to Microsoft in a letter to Satya Nadella, the company’s chief executive, and its chairman, Brad Smith. The Microsoft representative declined to comment further.
Suicide site operators have long used Cloudflare, an American company that provides cyber security, to hide the names of its web hosts, making it difficult or impossible to know which company provides those services.
In 2019, Cloudflare was reported by Australian government officials about the dangers of the suicide website. The following year, parents of children who died while attending the site asked Matthew Prince, Cloudflare’s chief executive, to stop providing its services to the site, but he did not respond. Cloudflare declined to comment on this article.
The two started the site using online names Marquis and Serge, trying to hide their true identities. But using domain registration records and invoices, financial documents, other online transactions, court records and interviews, The Times revealed that they were Lamarcas Small, 28, of Huntsville, Al., And Diego Joaquin Callande, 29, of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Mr. Denied that it had anything to do with the small site. Mr. Gallante admitted in an email that he had posted on the site that he was Serge, but denied that he was its founder or operator.
Following the publication of the article, on December 9, Marquis announced on the site that he was resigning as administrator, permanently deleting his account, and changing his online name to RainAndSadness.