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Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai met privately with GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill Friday amid allegations of anti-conservative bias in the tech giant and concerns about the privacy issues and the company re-entry in China.

A source familiar with Google’s closed doors part of the meeting told Fox News that the meeting “positive” and the “tone was hard but fair and respectful.” Members “were not shy” about sharing their biggest problems with Pichai, according to the source, and are looking for an interview with him in the future.

Although not every question of the legislators was answered in the meeting of Google appears ready to maintain an engaged presence on the hill,” the source said.

GOOGLE CEO TO MEET WITH THE GOP LAWMAKERS OVER THE ALLEGED BIAS AGAINST THE CONSERVATIVES

Pichai is the meeting with about two dozen Republican lawmakers was scheduled to be held in the capitol office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who represents a district in Google’s home state of California.

“Google has a lot of questions to answer about bias in the search results, violations of the privacy of the user, anticompetitive behaviour and business relations w/ repressive regimes such as China,” McCarthy tweeted Thursday.

Google has a lot of questions to answer about bias in the search results, violations of the privacy of the user, anticompetitive behaviour and business relations w/ repressive regimes such as China. #StopTheBias https://t.co/xXmauX3xp7

— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) September 27, 2018

The closed door meeting was expected to use the discussions about the President, Donald Trump’s recent accusations that Google has dealt with the results of the influential search engine to suppress conservative viewpoints. Google has denied a political bias.

GOOGLE GETS EMPTY CHAIR TREATMENT IN THE SENATE INTEL HEARING

Recent reports of Google, is ready to re-enter China with a search engine to generate censored search results to comply with the requirements of that country’s Communist government were expected to be on the agenda. Also the potential for new rules that would determine how much personal information internet companies can collect about people using their services.

Google was given “the empty chair treatment” on a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing earlier this month. Neither Pichai nor Larry Page, president of the parent Alphabet, chose to attend the event on the election failure, to the great annoyance of the lawmakers.

The search giant offer for its top lawyer, Kent Walker, to the committee, was rejected. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, both of them attended the hearing.

Fox News has reached Google with a request to comment on this story.

Fox News’ Hillary Vaughn, Brian Flood, Chris Ciaccia, and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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