House Judiciary says Google CEO will testify later this year

House Judiciary says Google CEO will testify later this year
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The House Judiciary Committee said it will hold a hearing with Google CEO Sundar Pichai about “social media filtering practices” following a meeting between Republican congressmen and Pichai on Friday.

“Today we held a very productive meeting with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to discuss concerns regarding Google’s business practices,” Judiciary Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.) said in a statement. “Following this meeting, I will officially be inviting Mr. Pichai to testify before the House Judiciary Committee at a hearing this fall.”

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Pichai, accompanied by Google’s Washington, D.C. staff swiftly left the Capitol Hill meeting without taking questions from reporters.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthy10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable Furious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Five ways Trump's Syria decision spells trouble MORE (R-Calif.) who organized the meeting, however, called the meeting “productive” and said that they spoke about topics including alleged bias against conservatives on tech platforms and Google’s reported plans to enter China’s search market.

McCarthy characterized some of the discussions on bias as “very frank,” and said that Pichai outlined challenges Google faces in addressing his and other Republicans concerns.

The House Majority Leader took a softer tone on Google’s reported work than many of his Republican colleagues.

“There’s a lot of companies in China now. I do not have a problem with an American company — I want to make sure that American companies are doing business in China. That’s good for America. I just don’t want to see censorship in the process either or government control,” McCarthy said.

Senators including Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonZuckerberg defends meetings with conservative politicians, pundits Bipartisan senators want federal plan for sharing more info on supply chain threats On The Money: Fed officials saw rising risk of recession | Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz blast NBA for 'outrageous' response to China | Prospects dim for trade breakthrough with China MORE (R-Ark.), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Warren turns up heat in battle with Facebook | Instagram unveils new data privacy feature | Advocacy group seeks funding to write about Big Tech TikTok adds former lawmakers to help develop content moderation policies This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington MORE (R-Fla.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington The Hill's Morning Report - Lawmakers return to work as Dem candidates set to debate MORE (R-Texas) have all hammered Google over its Project Dragonfly, which The Intercept reports is focused on creating a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship and privacy laws.

Google has not confirmed or denied that this is the project's goal but has said it is not close to launching a search product in China.

McCarthy also spoke more broadly about allegations of anti-conservative bias in tech. He said that Republicans have demonstrated bias by tech companies and called it an inevitable part of “human nature,” but one that can be fixed with more “transparency and fairness.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey already testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier in September, to discuss allegations of conservative bias on his platform. That hearing appeared to go smoothly for the Twitter chief, who denied any intentional bias on the platform and vowed to take steps to address GOP concerns.

Pichai, however, will face a Judiciary Committee that's seen as less favorable to tech companies and is expected to be more critical.

Updated at 1:42 p.m.