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Kevin McCarthy anxious about Google’s next steps in China

Kevin McCarthy anxious about Google’s next steps in China

Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, told Pichai that he had to scroll deep into search results to find any positive articles about President Donald Trump's signature tax cuts previous year. He says lawmakers should instead examine issues such as the spread of misinformation and Russia's efforts to influence USA elections online. "I have a commitment, but as I've said earlier on this we'll be very thoughtful and we'll engage widely as we make progress".

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) showed off his Apple device when asking Pichai whether Google tracked users' phones for location data.

"This is working at scale, and we don't manually intervene on any particular search result", Pichai replied.

Pichai said that he disagreed with findings of anti-competitive search bias. "But we have looked at results on our top news category. We find that we have a wide variety of sources".

Douglas Christian/ZUMA Press/NewscomToday's congressional hearing on Google and tech privacy provided yet another opportunity for America's elected representatives to prove how little they know about the businesses they would like to regulate.

He continued: "I'm confident we don't approach our work with any political bias".

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".

Ahead of the 46-year-old tech exec's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on accountability and transparency at Google, his prepared remarks have been released. Pichai's no-show at that hearing was marked by an empty chair for Google alongside the Facebook and Twitter executives who did appear.

"Americans put their trust in big tech companies to honor freedom of speech and champion open dialogue", Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia said in a statement before the hearing.

"Our algorithms have no notion of political sentiment", Pichai added. "Right now we have no plans to launch search in China", he said during the hearing.

"Last year we served over three trillion searches". Our core mission is to provide information to users. He has said that he wants Google to be in China serving Chinese users.

The communist regime in China requires companies, even those that are foreign, to censor topics it deems to be "sensitive", such as democracy, human rights, and the ongoing persecution in China of Falun Gong practitioners, underground Christians, human-rights activists, and others.

Pichai also said privacy and security are essential parts of Google's mission, and that the company is committed to working with the USA government "to keep our country safe and secure". 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 past year.

"Congressman, YouTube is an important platform".

Republicans lawmakers also threatened to impose content regulations on Google, claiming the company's products have been silencing conservative viewpoints.


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