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Google CEO Pichai testifies at House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

Google CEO Pichai testifies at House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

Pichai appeared before the House Judiciary Committee and defended his company on the matter of bias, in addition to matters of personal privacy and other issues.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai appeared before a congressional committee amid questions about the massive corporation's market domination of online search and digital advertising, digital privacy practices, manipulation of search to favor its own products and whether it plans to produce a search engine for the Chinese market. "I have a commitment, but as I've said earlier on this, we'll be very thoughtful, and we'll engage widely as we make progress". For instance, Google Search will produce results based on over "200 signals" that examine factors like relevance and freshness, but through objective guidelines.

"We have undertaken an internal effort, but right now, there are no plans to launch a search service in China", Pichai said, while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on December 11.

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"So it's not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what we're going to show the user?" responded Ms Lofgren.

"We were told to avoid referencing it around our team members, and if they ask, to deflect questions", claimed one anonymous source for The Intercept.

That's because Google makes nearly 90 percent of its revenue on advertising, and the company is able to charge marketers so much because of the personal information the company collects on users.

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In August, President Donald Trump accused Google of shutting out "Republican/Conservative" and "Fair Media" from Google News searches, referring to a PJ Media report that among the top 100 search results for "Trump" on Google News, 96 percent of them were from left-leaning media. If that changes, Pichai promised to be "fully transparent" about the move.

When Mr Poe demanded a yes or no answer, Mr Pichai indicated it was complicated. Looming over the tech industry is the possibility of government regulation meant to protect people's data and a deeper look into whether enormous companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook need to be broken up.

They allege that Google's search results are biased and that Democrats who work at the search giant choose liberal websites over conservative views for prime placement on Google services like search. Nadler says Tuesday's hearing is the House Judiciary Committee's fourth one to address political bias. The Texas Republican also pressed Pichai on whether Google had ever punished any of its employees for manipulating search results.

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"I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way", he said. "How would that happen?" she asked.

The hearing, Pichai's first before Congress, came just a few months after a different attempt to get him to Capitol Hill turned so contentious that a Senate committee featured an empty chair in his place at a hearing.

Pichai also addressed the company's plan to develop a censored search engine for China, dubbed Project Dragonfly, which has sparked opposition from U.S. lawmakers, human rights groups, and even the company's own employees.

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