Google CEO Explains Why Donald Trump Comes Up In Searches For 'Idiot'

Noel Cummings
December 13, 2018

Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren questioning, Google CEO, asked him to explain and convince them that there's no conservative bias in Google.

President Donald Trump has accused Google of rigging search results to suppress conservative viewpoints and highlight coverage from media that he says distribute "fake news".

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee grilled Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Pichai's no-show at that hearing was marked by an empty chair for Google alongside the Facebook and Twitter executives who did appear.

The Google chief was also asked if it was an example of political bias in algorithms, which he denied. Looming over the tech industry is the possibility of government regulation meant to protect people's data and a deeper look into whether huge companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook need to be broken up. Republicans allege that search results were manipulated for political gain.

Lofgren said to Pichai: "Manipulation of search results - I think it's important to talk about how search works". If that changes, Mr. Pichai promised let lawmakers know about it.

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Nadler called the notion of bias a "delusion" and a "right-wing conspiracy theory".

Goodlatte said the tech giant was "able to collect an amount of information about its users that would even make the NSA (National Security Agency) blush", arguing that the company needed to be more transparent about what it does with location and other data on Android-powered devices.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., kicked off the hearing by noting a "widening gap of distrust" between tech companies and the American people.

Pichai said the data collected would depend on the applications installed and privacy options chosen.

Matt Gaetz of Florida, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Steve King of Iowa, and Lamar Smith of Texas were among Pichai's questioners, Breitbart reports.

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- What does Google know?

"Not by default", Mr. Pichai answered. Poe demanded a yes or no answer, but Pichai indicated it was complicated. "We don't manually intervene on any particular search result".

Governments around the world are becoming increasingly unnerved by the power being amassed by major technology companies with the dominance of Facebook in social networking, Google in search and Amazon in e-commerce raising the most concerns.

Pichai said he was "not aware" of the "resist" group and that candid, private expressions by individual employees don't reflect the company's view, but claimed he would be "happy to follow up" now that he's been informed of it.

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