How to watch Google's Sundar Pichai testify before Congress today

How to watch Google's Sundar Pichai testify before Congress today

"But given their size and their economic power, and some would argue political power based upon how search works and how YouTube works, there are a lot of questions to address". At one point, Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, who represents the California district that includes Google's home in Mountain View, brought up Donald Trump and his relation to a certain quirk of Google's search engine.

"We provide search today for - anytime you type in a keyword, we as Google, we have gone out and crawled and stored copies of billions of webpages in our index". "Things like relevance, freshness, popularity, how other people are using it".

"So it's not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what [Google is] going to show the user.?"

Mr Pichai replied that equally negative news was highlighted when people used the search term "Google". Why was he even asked this?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before the House Judiciary Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building, in Washington, D.C., on December 11.

"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.

"We engage with both campaigns".

Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the committee's top Democrat, called the notion of bias a "delusion" and a "right-wing conspiracy theory".

He said Tuesday's hearing was the committee's fourth to address the topic - and he suggested he would move on to other topics, like the spread of misinformation online and Russians' efforts to influence United States elections online.

The CEO faced a wide range of grilling from Republicans and Democrats on a swath of issues ranging from privacy to the company's plans in repressive China.

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One of the biggest complaints against Google has been the company's data collection practices, which can use your your search history and location to serve you targeted ads.

Asked about Dragonfly, Pichai repeatedly said the country has "no plans" to launch a search engine there.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said Pro-Trump articles or content about immigration laws gets flagged as hate speech, and not a single right-leaning site appeared on the first page of the search results. "I've got an iPhone", Poe said, waving his device.

While Pichai has denied any political bias in Google products, several Republican lawmakers appeared unsatisfied with his answers.

The tech giant now "has no plans to launch in China", Pichai told Rep. Sheila Jackson (D-TX) in response to her question about the company's Chinese ambitions. Pichai said that absent any change in the user's settings data will be retained indefinitely.

Google initially left China in 2010 over censorship and cybersecurity concerns.

Not in this setting.

While Jones may have favored a more confrontational approach, lawmakers inside the hearing took Pichai to task on a litany of accusations.

Google angered lawmakers earlier this year by refusing to send a top executive to a similar hearing with Facebook and Twitter.

A former Google employee warned of the web giant's "disturbing" plans in a letter sent to the US's senate's commerce committee in August. He took part last week in a White House meeting with other tech industry executives that focused mainly on getting government and businesses working more closely on accelerating emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

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