Google rules out a Chinese search engine

CEO Sundar Pichai says Google has 'checks and balances' against bias

Most of their questions revolved around a New York Times article that detailed how Google's location tracking data made available through apps on its Android devices could be used to track and identify an individual person based on their every movement.

Pichai stressed that users opt in to certain data-tracking features, giving the example of fitness apps that measure steps.

Lofgren, who represents San Jose, California, said before asking the question that she believes "it's important to talk about how search works".

Critics say there's so much evidence, in fact, that there's now a whole movie about the controversial issue. "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. Lamar Smith (R) from Texas asked Pichai whether Google's algorithms themselves are biased, and whether pro-Trump and anti-immigration content had been deliberately tagged as "hate speech".

Mr Pichai answered: "Last year we saw over 3 trillion searches, so we don't manually intervene on any given search result".

"I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way", Pichai said in remarks prepared for his appearance Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

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"We have looked at results on our Top News category".

Pichai testified before Congress on, the controversial product, and perceived. And we try to do it objectively, using a set of rubrics.

"You bet on the wrong country, Sundar!" In an Infowars stream of proceedings titled "Live at the Google Treason Hearings", Jones called Google "absolutely the most disgusting corporation on earth".

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is going to testify before Congress today-the first time he's ever done such a thing.

Lawmakers and Google employees have raised concerns the company would comply with China's internet censorship and surveillance policies if it re-enters the Asian nation's search engine market. "But right now, there are no plans to launch in China". Pichai also stressed that different applications collect different types of data, noting that a fitness application would collect detailed information on a users' movements, whereas other applications would not. "Congressman, I commit to engaging", he said, later adding: "We always think it's in our duty to explore possibilities to give users access to information".

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. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Pichai that there is a "widening gap of distrust" between tech companies and the American people. Pichai has said he wants Google to be in China serving Chinese users. 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.

Pichai isn't the first tech titan to undergo a grilling on Capital Hill.

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