Business Insider -- On Tuesday Hawley lobbed another volley at Google by penning an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Hawley was questioning a peculiar mistake in Google's Chinese-to-English translation service made during Hong Kong's massive protests last week. During the protests, Google mistranslated the phrase, "I am sad to see Hong Kong become part of China," to, "I am happy to see Hong Kong become part of China," Agence France-Presse reported. A Google spokesperson said that the automatic translation service merely made a mistake, that it sometimes translates a negative to a positive. The mistake went viral on Facebook, Agence France Presse reported, and shortly after that the translation was corrected. But in his letter, Hawley wonders if Google's error was really an indication of just how close Google has become to "that authoritarian government" in China.