House Republicans accuse Google of liberal bias

House Republicans accuse Google of liberal bias
Google CEO Sundar Pichai defends the company against accusations that its employees push a liberal agenda.

House Republicans told Google CEO Sundar Pichai that he needs to do something about what they consider to be a liberal bias inside his company's ranks, saying Google has suppressed conservative views on its search and video platforms.

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Republicans accused Google employees of deliberately influencing the tech giant's algorithms to sideline conservative views on the company's search and YouTube platforms.

Accusations that Silicon Valley heavy hitters are suppressing conservative voices online have been part of an ongoing narrative this year, pushed by Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump, who's tweeted about it. Facebook and Twitter executives were questioned about their companies' practices during congressional testimony earlier this year. Google has long denied the accusations, a stance Pichai reiterated many times during the three-and-a-half-hour hearing.  

"I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way," Pichai said in his prepared remarks. "To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests. We are a company that provides platforms for diverse perspectives and opinions -- and we have no shortage of them among our own employees."

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26 Jun 2019


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