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September 28, 2018 15:09
Google CEO to Meet U.S. Lawmakers amid Republican Criticism

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Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai is scheduled to have a private meet with members of Congress on Friday after he and his boss, Google co-founder Larry Page, stood up lawmakers at a public hearing last month.

The private gathering is expected to comprise talks about the United States President Donald Trump's recent allegations that the search engine giant has been rigging the results to suppress conservative viewpoints.

Google has denied any political bias.

The discussions could likewise include recent reports that Google is balanced to re-enter China with a search engine generating censored search results to abide by with the demands of that country's Communist government. Also, potential new regulations that would interpret how much personal information that internet companies can accumulate about people using their services.

Both U.S. lawmakers and Trump also have been elevating the possibility of asking government regulators to investigate whether Google has abused its power to spoil competition through its dominant search engine and other widely used services that include Gmail, the Chrome web browser, YouTube, and its Android software that runs most of the world's smartphones.

Pichai's meet with nearly two dozen Republican lawmakers will be held in the Capitol office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who represents a district in California, Google's headquarters.

"Google has a lot of questions to answer about reports of bias in its search results, violations of user privacy, anticompetitive behavior, and business dealings with repressive regimes like China," McCarthy said in a statement.

Pichai indicated he as well as plans to meet with Democrats while in Washington.

"These meetings will continue Google's long history of engaging with Congress, including testifying seven times to Congress this year," he said.

Friday's meetings will be a prelude to Pichai's awaited return to Washington in November for a public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee that's scheduled for after the midterm elections.

By Sowmya Sangam

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