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Google CEO Sundar Pichai To Testify Before US House In November: Report

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| September 29 , 2018 , 19:21 IST

Google CEO Sundar Pichai met the Republican lawmakers on Friday and agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in November over business practices and entry into the Chinese market.

House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy said in a tweet, "Google has a lot of questions to answer about bias in its search results, violations of user privacy, anticompetitive behaviour and business dealings with repressive regimes like China."

“As big tech's business grows, we have not had enough transparency and that has led to an erosion of trust and perhaps worse harm to consumers,” he added.

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The news about Google's plan to build a censored search engine in China broke in August when The Intercept reported that the search platform would blacklist "sensitive queries" about topics including politics, free speech, democracy, human rights and peaceful protest, triggering internal protests among some Google employees.

Two weeks after that report, Pichai told the company's employees that the China plan was in its "early stages" and "exploratory".

Earlier in September, Google was given "the empty chair treatment" at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing as neither Pichai nor Larry Page, Chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, showed up at the event on election interference, attended by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Shreyl Sandberg.

(With Inputs from IANS)