Google CEO has to tell Congressman who makes the iPhone

Google CEO tells Congress why real life isn't like The Wizard of Oz

"This doesn't happen by accident but is baked into the algorithms". Pichai explained this away as the work of impartial algorithms, but that explanation didn't satisfy some lawmakers. Why are you presented with a results page that has Donald Trump's face all over it?

The issue of user privacy also came up over and over. The Texas Republican also pressed Pichai on whether Google had ever punished any of its employees for manipulating search results.

However, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said that while the company was studying the idea, it had no plans to do so. "But we have looked at results on our top news category. And if we find any violations there, we do take down the content".

But the tech giant is facing increasing public and political scrutiny.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, after citing the email, pointed out to the CEO that he had testified just minutes before that he leads the company "without political bias" and works "to ensure that our products work that way".

Watch the full interview above and see House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy's take on the hearing below.

"You bet on the wrong country, Sundar!" Jones said, calling the company "absolutely the most evil corporation on Earth".

The battle between Google and conservatives returned to Capitol Hill Tuesday as the tech giant's CEO assured House Judiciary Committee members he runs the corporation without partiality toward any ideology.

Google had previously declined to make Pichai available for a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, even though Dorsey and Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg did attend, leading to the empty chair in Pichai's place.

When Iowa Rep. Steve King demanded to know why a nasty image of the Congressman would appear on his granddaughter's phone while she was playing a game, Pichai had to point out that Google doesn't make the iPhone.

Panel Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlattee, R-Va., said people have put their trust in tech companies to honor freedom of speech and affirm open dialogue.

Following the revelation of the project, human rights organisations, lawmakers and Google employees raised concerns about Google possibly complying with China's stringent internet censorship and surveillance policies if it re-enters the Asian nation's search engine market. "It's no coincidence that a company dedicated to the free flow of information was founded right here in the United States", he will say. "We may not end up doing search".

That's because Google makes nearly 90 percent of its revenue on advertising, and the company is able to charge marketers so much because of the personal information the company collects on users.

Google search has effectively been blocked in the country since 2010 though its parent company Alphabet has been trying to establish a bigger presence there, going so far as to set up an AI research centre in China a year ago.

Pichai's claim that the company does not have a plan to launch the search engine in China contradicted a leaked transcript from a private meeting inside the company. Bringing up his own personal experience, Chabot questioned Pichai on why Google returned so much negative criticism on Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare a year ago.



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