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posted by martyb on Wednesday December 12 2018, @02:14PM   Printer-friendly
from the LMGTFY dept.

Google's Sundar Pichai was grilled on privacy, data collection, and China during congressional hearing

Google's CEO testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday where lawmakers grilled him on a wide range of issues, including potential political bias on its platforms, its plans for a censored search app in China and its privacy practices.

This is the first time Pichai has appeared before Congress since Google declined to send him or Alphabet CEO Larry Page to a hearing on foreign election meddling earlier this year. That slight sparked anger among senators who portrayed Google as trying to skirt scrutiny.

[...] Tuesday's hearing was titled "Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use, and Filtering Practices" and many representatives posed questions on whether or not Google's search results were biased against conservative points of view.

[...] Another topic that came up multiple times was Google's plan to launch a censored search engine in China. The Intercept first reported details of the project over the summer, which would block search results for queries that the Chinese government deemed sensitive, like "human rights" and "student protest" and link users' searches to their personal phone numbers. [...] "Right now, we have no plans to launch search in China," Pichai answered, adding that access to information is "an important human right."

Also at Bloomberg and The Hill.

See also: Sundar Pichai had to explain to Congress why Googling 'idiot' turns up pictures of Trump
Google CEO admits company must better address the spread of conspiracy theories on YouTube
Alex Jones, Roger Stone crash Google CEO hearing
Monopoly man watches disapprovingly as Congress yells at Google's CEO

Previously: Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal
Uproar at Google after News of Censored China Search App Breaks
"Senior Google Scientist" Resigns over Chinese Search Engine Censorship Project
Google Suppresses Internal Memo About China Censorship; Eric Schmidt Predicts Internet Split
Leaked Transcript Contradicts Google's Denials About Censored Chinese Search Engine
Senators Demand Answers About Google+ Breach; Project Dragonfly Undermines Google's Neutrality

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  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 12 2018, @03:13PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 12 2018, @03:13PM (#773468)

    Gangs of liberals roam Wikipedia, because that's what you do when you're unemployed and otherwise worthless to society.

    Cities have liberal politics, because they have liberal populations (one man one vote), because layabouts clamoring for handouts must follow the money like groupies follow the rockstars.

    That is, productivity has a conservative bias; loud, resource-intensive whining has a liberal bias (prove it by downmodding my perfectly commensurate reply).

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday December 12 2018, @07:17PM (2 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 12 2018, @07:17PM (#773614) Journal

    Gangs of liberals roam Wikipedia, because that's what you do when you're unemployed and otherwise worthless to society.


    The correct answer is: Social Media Influencer.

    Since nobody defrags SSDs anymore, they are more (or less?) prone to failure of their seek mechanisms.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13 2018, @02:36AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13 2018, @02:36AM (#773851)

      If you're ugly or antisocial you probably can't be one.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13 2018, @06:12AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13 2018, @06:12AM (#773904)

      Well, it got modded Flamebait, but Wikipedia does have a problem. And it is not that it has liberal bias.

      Reality also doesn't have liberal bias. That's a shitty statement meant to make young-ones feel good about themselves because they don't know anything about the real world to form their own opinions.

      Wikipedia has a power bias. There is enough documentary evidence to show. For this reason it has more articles about Pokemon than probability. Because actual scientists hold less sway in the offline world than Nintendo. It is also why when it comes to social sciences (which are in my opinion have lost all reasons to be called science) there is a European bias, and feminist bias.

      Interestingly, the neither scientists nor non-English speaking non-Europeans nor normal people have absolutely any interest in giving any credence to Wikipedia, so there is 100% control of those forces on it. But conservatives, specially American conservatives, have a huge interest in usurping the liberal power structure so they fight it out. Hence there are edit-wars on global climate change, history of civil war and feminist jurisprudence, but not on dark matter, history of Asia or male incarceration rates.

      If you, like me, sit on the fence you don't edit wikipedia, you just read about pokemon and other fictional things on it.