Sundar Pichai speaking at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Author Maurizio Pesce, via Flickr. Licence: CC BY 2.0

Google CEO Sundar Pichai to meet Republicans about accusations of liberal bias

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify in front of the U.S. House of Judiciary Committee to address accusations that the tech company has a liberal bias.

Many Republican lawmakers believe the search engine of employs human moderators and algorithms that discriminate against conservative political views.

The congressional testimony will come after the November midterm elections. Pichai has already met with White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, and will meet with President Donald J. Trump after giving his congressional testimony, according to Reuters.  

Google has always denied any political bias, though conservative activists have repeatedly accused YouTube, which is owned by Google, for making their content less visible because of the views expressed. 

Conservatives aren’t the only ones who have complained about Google bias. Left leaning websites and some libertarian websites have also claimed that Google and YouTube (which is owned by Google) have down-ranked their websites or videos reducing the amount of traffic and ad revenue. Alternet, Counterpunch, World Socialist Web Site, Truthdig among other sites that are left-leaning have also reported a reduction in web traffic.

Accusations of an anti-conservative bias

  • Dennis Prager, who runs a conservative YouTube channel, unsuccessfully sued Google in 2017 for violating his First Amendment rights by “demonetizing” his videos, thus making them less visible to non-subscribers. U.S. District Judge Judy Koh, who ruled the case, did not dispute whether Google had a political bias or not. Rather she dismissed the case since a private company is not responsible for preserving a “public forum.”

Defense that Google is not politically biased

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