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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: 5, Insightful) by DannyB on Wednesday December 12 2018, @08:55PM (2 children)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday December 12 2018, @08:55PM (#773676) Journal

    Google actively suppresses results that cast women and minorities in a poor light.

    That is about protecting a class of people.

    If Google is allowing images of Trump to crop up when "idiot" is searched for, then yes, Google has made a conscious decision to do so.

    Do you really think so? Do you think someone actually filters through the ocean of information with an eye dropper and tweezers?

    If Trump is the response to 'idiot', then Google merely REFLECTS that the web apparently says so.

    Now whether Google should fix this is debatable. On one hand, Trump is not a protected class of people and so it's okay for idiot to return Trump, if the web says so and the algorithm fairly detected this correlation. But on the other hand, idiot may be a class of persons to protect, and they should not unfairly be associated with Trump.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 12 2018, @10:16PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 12 2018, @10:16PM (#773727)

    That is about protecting a class of people.

    Which is called bias towards a class of people, which is also known as prejudice or bigotry.

    And when every possible class of people except for white men has these "protections", these protections are now the norm and there is now institutionalized racism and sexism against the one group that is denied these protections.

    And when Google executives hold meetings gloating about how few white men they are hiring, that is hate.

    • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 12 2018, @10:39PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 12 2018, @10:39PM (#773739)

      And when every possible class of people except for white men has these "protections", these protections are now the norm and there is now institutionalized racism and sexism against the one group that is denied these protections.

      Oh, you poor poor snowflake!