Why googling `idiot` shows Donald Trump`s photo, Congresswoman asks Pichai

CEO Sundar Pichai says Google has 'checks and balances' against bias

When a McClatchy reporter did an image search for "idiot" on Tuesday after the question was asked, all but four of the top 17 pictures that came up included the president or his two adult sons. These include privacy, the ethics of data collection, and allegations of bias against conservative materials.

The word "idiot" quickly became the most searched term on Google after Republican congresswoman Zoe Lofgren pointed out results from the search reveal pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump. See, there is no partisan behind the curtain.

The Infowars personality, who has accused tech platforms of censoring him, previously appeared outside a September hearing with Twitter Inc.

Pichai then schooled the committee on how Google search works, explaining how the keyword (in this case, idiot) is matched against billions of web pages stored by Google.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said on "America's Newsroom" that federal antitrust laws must be reviewed to account for Google's massive share of search traffic.

The hearing, instead, should have been focused on addressing how Google is working to stop foreign influence in US elections and on its data collection practices, Nadler said.

Other issues Pichai was asked about was the possible demotion of rivals in shopping and travel searches, something European regulators fined the company $2.8bn for, and discriminatory conduct online.

Republican Lamar Smith asked whether Google's search engine is biased against conservatives, citing studies.

CEO Sundar Pichai says Google has 'checks and balances' against bias

Pichai said in his written testimony that "I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way".

Sundar Pichai's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee was meant to discuss a number of issues.

Google has not offered search services in China since it largely left the country in 2010. "Congressman, I commit to engaging", he said, later adding: "We always think it's in our duty to explore possibilities to give users access to information". Google says the top "how to" search in the US was "how to register to vote", and following the rescue of the soccer team from the cave in Thailand, "scuba diving lessons near me" searches went up by 110%. According to the Washington Post: "Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist banned from YouTube for violating its policies against abuse, took a seat five rows behind Pichai along with Roger Stone, an ally of Jones".

"This is now the fourth hearing in a series of ridiculous hearings on the free speech of internet companies", the California Democrat said.

Pichai also told the committee that there are no current discussions underway with the Chinese government. Pichai said that absent any change in the user's settings data will be retained indefinitely. He called for an independent third-party group to look into the matter.

These kinds of questions may not have caused any kind of live television revelation or spectacle from the soft-spoken Pichai. These are areas where continued oversight and possibly privacy legislation could be done in a bipartisan fashion.

Pichai follows in the footsteps of Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey-both of whom have testified over the last few months.

That's one reason he was disappointed Congress spent so much time on the bias issue, which Rep. Lieu dismissed. The emerging bipartisan anger over the lack of any federal data privacy rules should worry these big data conglomerates.

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