Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio asked, "How do you explain this apparent bias on Google's part against conservative points of view, against conservative policies?"
In his terrific online WSJ Best of the Web column "Google visits the Resistance Factory" (accessible via Outline here), James Freeman homes in on a candid camera moment in which prospective House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler interrogated Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the House Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this week. Pichai's no-show at that hearing was marked by an empty chair for Google alongside the Facebook and Twitter executives who did appear.
Republicans have long accused Google of political bias, which the company has strongly denied.
"The First Amendment limits what the government can do on regulating speech, it does not limit Google", Lieu said.More news: Turkey in talks over possible United Nations probe into Jamal Khashoggi murder
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Lawmakers from both parties seem determined to re-examine whether Google rigs its search results to promote its own services and its own political agenda, too. If that changes, Pichai promised to be "fully transparent" about the move.
PICHAI: That's right, which was, you know - no amount is OK here, but we found limited activity, improper activity. The New York Democrat said Tuesday's hearing was the committee's fourth to address the topic - and he suggested he'd move on to other topics as Democrats take control.
Asked for yes-or-no answers on what information the company collects, Pichai demurred and attempted to convey that things are more complicated, with varying degrees of success.
Pichai said the data collected would depend on the applications installed and privacy options chosen. "I've got an iPhone", Poe said, waving his device.
Jordan used his time to seek answers about leaked emails that revealed in September that Google had engaged in efforts to increase Latino voter turnout in 2016, which Multicultural Marketing department chief Eliana Murillo admitted were essentially a "silent donation" in hopes the voters would back Democrat Hillary Clinton. But internal documents later surfaced that indicated the FTC's board had brushed off some recommendations of staff lawyers who believed Google was tinkering with its search results in way that stifled competition.
Responding to a question about Google's search dominance, Pichai pointed to Amazon's dominance in online shopping.