Google CEO Sundar Pichai is expected to be grilled on Capitol Hill on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee as Republicans look for answers to accusations of conservative censorship and the company’s data filtering practices.
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) told FOX Business that it is important for Congress to torchlight on Google’s business practices that has permitted it to become a dominant force in the market.
Congressman Goodlatte said “We need to make sure that we expose what their practices are and we are very pleased that Mr. Pichai is coming to answer these questions, “He’s going to be put on the spot with a lot of tough questions and the answers are difficult.”
Google is facing fallback over its intentions for Project Dragonfly, a censored search engine in China. Goodlatte note that American tech companies have a responsibility to stand for the principles of free speech and privacy when carrying out businesses with foreign adversaries.
He said “Google needs to be held accountable for, if they are going to do business in China, people need to be aware of what terms they are doing it on”.
In a drafted statement ahead of the congressional hearing on Tuesday, Pichai said Google values the morals and freedoms that has enabled the search engine to serve its users.
He wrote “Even as we expand into new markets we never forget our American roots, “It’s no coincidence that a company dedicated to the free flow of information was founded right here in the U.S.
Lawmakers have interrogated Google’s patriotism after the tech giant passed on a $10 billion Defense Department’s pending cloud storage contract, identified as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), mentioning its artificial intelligence principles.
Goodlatte said he plans on asking Pichai why Google chose to decline supporting the U.S. military.
He said “Why is it that you and your employees do not want to help the United States’ Department of Defense keep Americans safe and keep all of the issues, trade and free government and so on around the world safe by supporting the needs of our military?,”