How to watch Google's Sundar Pichai testify before Congress today

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"Are America's technology companies serving as instruments of freedom or instruments of control?"

Rep. Steve Chabot brought us one of the most unfortunate self-owns of the hearing while discussing Google search and anti-conservative bias.

Stating that "the muting of conservative voices by internet platforms has intensified especially during the presidency of Donald Trump", Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) asked Pichai what he was doing about conservative individuals and organizations having "their pro-Trump content tagged as hate speech or had their content reduced in search results" or "enforcement of immigration laws has been tagged as hate speech as well".

Nadler says Tuesday's hearing is the committee's fourth one to address political bias.

ELECTION INTERFERENCE While Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee grilled Pichai on what they perceive as bias against conservatives, top committee Democrat Jerrold Nadler said lawmakers should instead examine issues such as the spread of misinformation online and Russian efforts to influence USA elections online.

Pichai reiterated the company's position that it has no plans "right now" to launch a censored search engine in China. If that changes, Pichai promised let lawmakers know about it.

"As Google, we won't participant in any partisan efforts around any civic process", Pichai said.

His appearance before the House panel comes after he angered senators by declining to testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in September focused on foreign efforts to manipulate social media platforms during USA elections.

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Trump himself has accused Google of rigging the results of its dominant search engine to suppress conservative viewpoints and highlight coverage from media that he says distribute "fake news".

Jordan also asked whether Murillo still works for Google, and Pichai said, "It's my understanding she does; yes, sir".

"Google is a remarkable company that has accomplished a great deal", said the Republican from Virginia (and Holyoke native).

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, after citing the email, pointed out to the CEO that he had testified just minutes before that he leads the company "without political bias" and works "to ensure that our products work that way".

The Democratic staff table erupted in laughter at Pichai's reply, according to Business Insider's Joe Perticone, who attended Tuesday's hearing.

Google has good reason to communicate with lawmakers and policymakers, and to seek to weigh in on thorny issues.

Why, she wanted to know, is the 45th president of the United States the man whose face you see over and over after you perform a Google image search for the word "idiot"?

For those who want to tune in, the House Judiciary Committee will be streaming it live via YouTube.

"Google is able to collect an amount of information about its users that would even make the NSA blush", Goodlatte said.

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