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Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai finally, with the Republican lawmakers on Friday to discuss accusations of bias against the conservatives, privacy, and controversial business practices, as it may be attempting to restart in China.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R.-CA.) it is expected that among the prominent Republicans in the grill Pichai after Google skipped previous government meetings that have taken place on Sept. 5 if Twitter and Facebook testified on Capitol Hill about meddling in the 2016 U. S presidential elections.
“Google has a lot of questions to answer about the reports of bias in the search results, violations of the privacy of the user, anticompetitive behavior, and business relations with repressive regimes such as China,” McCarthy said in a statement obtained by the New York Times.
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GOP officials and political watchdogs are concerned that tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter have too much influence on the information that is made available to the voters. President Trump even accused the tech giant of snubbing his State of the Union address.
In addition to accusations of political bias, Google recently saw workers quit in protest to the potential of the company’s plan to launch a censured version of its product in China. Google was put under pressure by a consortium of human rights groups to abandon the project with the code name Project Dragonfly, that would be app-based, and censored at the behest of the Chinese government.
Earlier this month, Google upset legislators by the skip of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Although Google was absent (the company offered its top lawyer, Kent Walker, to the committee, which was decreased), Facebook sent the company’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, and Twitter sent its CEO, Jack Dorsey.
A chair was left vacant to represent where a Google representative had to sit.
Like many Silicon Valley titans, Google has drawn the ire of the conservatives who find right-leaning views to be convicted of within. Last week, internal e-mails between Google employees, were excavated and showed a desire to manipulate the search results on the heels of President Trump’s controversial travel ban to mute conservative views and push ways to fight against the ban.
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The e-mails show Google staff members talk about methods for the change of the company’s algorithm to direct users to the pro-immigration organizations, policy-makers and agencies that fit the members’ political beliefs.
“Google is the most powerful company in the history of the world. Virtually all of the information about the person flows through the software, and for that reason, that Google determines how much of the world understands the reality. In the heart of the business of Google is the search engine, which has a virtual monopoly on search in this country,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson said last week. “But what if Google was lying to you?”
The company did not deny the existence of such e-mails to Fox News, but offered a declaration of the “e-mails were just a brainstorm of ideas, none of which were ever carried out.”
A spokesman added that “Google has never manipulated the search results or change any of its products to the promotion of a certain political ideology — not in the current campaign of the season, not during the 2016 election, and not in the aftermath of the President Trump’s executive order on immigration.”
The Media Research Center, has called for congressional hearings from Google after a series of events made it appear that the company favours from the liberals, including a leaked video that shows executives’ displeasure that Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election.
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“I look forward to meeting with the members on both sides of the aisle, answering a wide range of questions and explaining our approach. These meetings will continue Google’s long history of cooperation with the Congress, including witnesses seven times to Congress this year,” Pichai recently told The Wall Street Journal, which first reported that Pichai would meet with legislators.
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia and Christopher Carbone contributed to this report.
Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter via @briansflood.