Google CEO Hammered by Members of Congress on China Censorship Plan

CEO Sundar Pichai says Google has 'checks and balances' against bias

Google CEO to Tell Lawmakers Tech Giant Operates 'Without Political Bias'

"If you want positive search results, do positive things ... if you don't want negative things don't do negative things", Lieu said. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wanted answers for why his granddaughter saw a mean article about him on his iPhone, a product made by Apple. "I just did that", Lofgren said.

While Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee grilled Pichai on what they perceive as bias against conservatives, top committee Democrat Jerrold Nadler said lawmakers should instead examine issues such as the spread of misinformation online and Russians' efforts to influence USA elections online.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., spoke to Fox News on Tuesday night about his biggest concerns with the future of Google after the search giant's CEO sparred with lawmakers at a hearing.

Google has struggled with growing employee revolts in recent months over its work with the military and its handling of executive misconduct claims, even as it faces allegations of anti-conservative bias by right-wing activists.

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Mr Trump's association with the term partly stems from a campaign to get Green Day's 2004 political anthem American Idiot to the top of the music charts to coincide with his visit to the United Kingdom in July and from the concerted efforts of users from forum Reddit to promote a post containing an image of the President and 'idiot'.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O 2018 Conference at Shoreline Amphitheater on May 8, 2018 in California.

"Right now, if you Google the word 'idiot, ' under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up". When pressed, he said as many as 100 engineers were working on a search engine intended for China, but added that the company tests several new products that don't see the light of day.

But right from the first Democratic statement, from ranking member Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.), Democrats defended Google by arguing it has the right to be biased.

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Democrats have been more concerned about privacy issues than political bias, and they asked Pichai tough questions on the topic. He said that access to information is "an important human right", reported CNBC.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai confirmed during congressional testimony on Tuesday that while the company had "no plans" to launch in China, a prototype had been developed, raising red flags among lawmakers.

Both Republicans and Democrats pressed Pichai about the company's privacy practices. We have clear content policies, and we have policies against many categories, and we are transparent about these policies. "Because a free world depends on a free Internet, we need to know that Google is on the side of the free world".

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"It's hard to imagine you could operate in the Chinese market under the current government framework and maintain a commitment to universal values, such as freedom of expression and personal privacy", Cicilline said. Pichai said that absent any change in the user's settings data will be retained indefinitely. But Pichai evaded the question.

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