Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Sundar Pichai Denies Political Bias At Google in Senate Hearing

Sundar Pichai Denies Political Bias At Google in Senate Hearing

Speaking in front of the House Judiciary Committee, he elaborated that the company doesn't manually intervene in search results and that "search results are based on crawling the content of web pages".

"The First Amendment limits what the government can do on regulating speech, it does not limit Google", Lieu said. Lawmakers declined Google's offer to send lower-level executives.

The House committee's session was held to discuss whether the search engine's results were politically slanted.

Earlier it has been reported that Google is showing the picture of the US President Donald Trump when searching the term "idiot" in Google image search. If that changes, Pichai promised to be "fully transparent" about the move.

The CEO also insisted that Google's search engine is not biased against any political viewpoint.

Goodlatte said the tech giant was "able to collect an amount of information about its users that would even make the NSA (National Security Agency) blush", arguing that the company needed to be more transparent about what it does with location and other data on Android-powered devices. The company has denied any such bias, and while the question has dogged tech companies for years, there's no evidence of an anti-conservative or any other political tilt. "And I'm not gonna say into the record what kind of language was use around that picture of her grandfather, but I'd ask how does that show up on a 7-YO's iPhone, who's playing a kid's game?"

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Pichai said the data collected would depend on the applications installed and privacy options chosen.

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, tried to pin down Mr. Pichai on privacy during Tuesday's hearing.

Jordan used his time to seek answers about leaked emails that revealed in September that Google had engaged in efforts to increase Latino voter turnout in 2016, which Multicultural Marketing department chief Eliana Murillo admitted were essentially a "silent donation" in hopes the voters would back Democrat Hillary Clinton. Mr. Poe demanded a yes or no answer, but Mr. Pichai indicated it was complicated.

Trump and some lawmakers have raised the possibility of asking regulators to investigate whether Google -which handles almost two of every three online searches in the US- has abused its clout as a major gateway to the internet to stifle competition.

Governments around the world are becoming increasingly unnerved by the power being amassed by major technology companies with the dominance of Facebook in social networking, Google in search and Amazon in e-commerce raising the most concerns.

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