Google boss Sundar Pichai traveled to Washington on Friday to discuss the company’s business practices with congressmen and was invited to a meeting with President Donald Trump at an upcoming roundtable.
Larry Kudlow, President of the National Economic Council, announced the invitation to the meeting with Pichai, and this offer was accepted, the White House announced.
Other “Internet players” will be invited to the same round table with Trump, the White House said, with more details, including the coming date.
Google did not respond immediately to requests for comments.
Recently, Trump accused Google of manipulating the results of its influential search engine to suppress conservative views and highlight “false” media coverage. Google has denied any political bias.
The White House said Kudlow talked to Pichai on Friday about the Internet and the economy, calling the talks “positive and productive.”
Pichai toured only a few weeks after his chairman, co-founder of Google, Larry Page, defeated lawmakers through a public hearing.
There was a lot to say based on recent statements by MPs and Trump.
These include recent news that Google is ready to link China to a search engine that generates censored results to meet the demands of the country’s Communist government. In addition, new potential regulations define the amount of personal information that Internet companies can collect from users of their services.
Both US legislators and some US legislators have considered it possible for government agencies to determine whether Google has abused its power, competition through its dominant search engine and other popular services such as Gmail, YouTube, the Chrome and Android web browser software operates the most smartphones in the world.
Pichai’s meeting with about 20 Republican MPs took place at the headquarters of Captain Kevin McCarthy, who represents a state district of California where Google lives.
“We had a very productive meeting with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to discuss concerns about Google’s business practices,” said Bob Goodlatte, Republican from Virginia. He added that Mr. Pichai would be invited to a public hearing organized in November after the interim elections by the House Judiciary Committee.
Before meeting with the deputies of the republic, Pichai had also suggested that he consider meeting Democrats.
“These meetings will continue the long history of Google’s collaboration with Congress, including the participation of seven people in Congress this year,” said the official.
Google and Alphabet, its parent, may also have tried to repair some of the political barriers after Pichai and Page, now CEO of Alphabet, snubbed Congress a few weeks ago. None of them appeared at a hearing to find out what Twitter, Facebook and Google have done to prevent Russia and other foreign governments from using their services to spark disagreements between states. United States and the United States to influence elections.
Twitter boss Jack Dorsey testified at the hearing, as did Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s # 2 director, but Google was unwilling to send his general counsel. That was not enough for lawmakers leaving a free chair they hoped to occupy from Pichai or Page. The no-show prompted Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., To call Google “arrogant”.