Google CEO hearing could have covered so much more ground

Google CEO hearing could have covered so much more ground

Google CEO hearing could have covered so much more ground

US Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, in an effort to understand how Google search algorithms work, asked its CEO Sundar Pichai why so many pictures of President Donald Trump appear when she does a Google search for "idiot". "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".

However, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said that while the company was studying the idea, it had no plans to do so.

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.

Pichai, dressed in a dark suit, calmly responded to questions, repeating on several occasions that the company seeks to serve a range of viewpoints without bias. News stories and blog posts like this one, in other words, are going to ensure that Trump stays a top search result whenever someone queries Google images for the word 'idiot'.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was forced to explain why searches for the word "idiot" result in images of President Donald Trump to a USA congressional panel this morning. Pichai's no-show at that hearing was marked by an empty chair for Google alongside the Facebook and Twitter executives.

Sundar Pichai's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee was meant to discuss a number of issues.

The Virginia Republican also said the committee was interested in learning more about how Google determines what is objectionable, and allegations that biased ranking of Google's search results could result in shifting voters' views.

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The hearing, instead, should have been focused on addressing how Google is working to stop foreign influence in US elections and on its data collection practices, Nadler said.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), for instance, asked Pichai to explain why "96 percent of the references to Trump are from liberal media?" At one point in proceedings 69-year-old Republican Congressman Steve King expressed his disappointment to Pichai that his 7-year-old daughter had been shown a photo of her grandfather with some unflattering language on her iPhone.

Pichai said the search engine attempts to help people register to vote or find a polling place, but rejected assertions that the company paid for Latino voters' transportation to polls in some states. "We have a stated mission of providing users with information", he said, "and so we always think it's in our duty to explore possibilities to give users access to information". "Some of us are many of these things".

After answering dozens of questions ranging from privacy to employee misconduct, the tech exec downplayed the importance of Project Dragonfly and dodged a request not to release such a tool to the Chinese government. If that changes, Pichai promised to be "fully transparent" about the move.

Pichai follows in the footsteps of Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey-both of whom have testified over the last few months.

The lawmakers questioned Pichai on a broad variety of subjects.

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