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

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

Google CEO Sundar Pichai answered a lot of questions about anti-conservative bias.

"We need to be sure than any political bias within Google's workforce does not leak into its search product", the California Republican said. "How would that happen?"

As Google has come under the spotlight for its reported plans to re-enter China with a censored search engine, and as employees push back against the company's work with the military, Pichai's testimony highlights the search advertising giant's American roots.

"So it's not some little man sitting behind the curtain figuring out what [Google is] going to show the user.?"

The congressman asked if the "we" refers to Google.

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.

"If you Google the word "idiot" under images, a picture of Donald Trump comes up". Pichai said that absent any change in the user's settings data will be retained indefinitely.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., told Pichai that the Dragonfly plan seemed to be "completely inconsistent" with Google's recently launched artificial intelligence principles, which state that the company will not "design or deploy" technologies whose goal "contravenes widely accepted principles of global law and human rights".

Google is not at the stage of discussion with the Chinese government he added, vowing that he would be "fully transparent" with policymakers if the company brings search products to China.

They allege that Google's search results are biased and that Democrats who work at the search giant choose liberal websites over conservative views for prime placement on Google services like search.

The House committee has questioned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook executives at separate hearings on bias in big tech, as well as social media personalities Diamond and Silk and others.

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

"If you want positive search results, do positive things".

Shortly before Pichai's explanation, which was prompted by a question from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) had claimed to have "irrefutable" evidence that Google was suppressing conservative search results.

It wouldn't be a congressional hearing with protesters and gadflys.

The chief executive also claimed Google had no plans to launch in China, in the wake of reports alleging the company was developing a version of its search engine to appease China's internet censorship laws.

Pichai confirmed that at one point in time, more than 100 Google employees were working on the search engine prototype.

Trump and some lawmakers have raised the possibility of asking regulators to investigate whether Google - which handles almost two of every three online searches in the USA - has abused its clout as a major gateway to the internet to stifle competition.

Asked for yes-or-no answers on what information the company collects, Mr Pichai demurred and attempted to convey that things are more complicated, with varying degrees of success.

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