ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – This morning Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, testifies before the House Judiciary Committee focusing on transparency and accountability: examining Google, data collection, its use and filtering practices.
Pichai says in prepared remarks that Google values “protecting the privacy and security of our users.” He says this is “an essential part of our mission. We have invested an enormous amount of work over the years to bring choice, transparency, and control to our users. These values are built into every product we make.”
Pichai is expected to answer a blistering fusillade of questioning from members on both sides in the wake of an array of reports of the misuse of user data in cyberspace and social media. Earlier this year, Facebook CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before both chambers of Congress and tried to make the same assurances.
Pichai is expected to assuage Republicans who believe Google is biased toward Democrats. Pichai says in prepared remarks that, “We are a company that provides platforms for diverse perspectives and opinions—and we have no shortage of them among our own employees.”
President Donald Trump tweeted in August:
Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018
Pichai is also likely face questions about Google’s “Dragonfly” project, which is an upcoming censored search engine for China.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill