Google boss Sundar Pichai agreed to speak before the US House Justice Committee this year about Republicans’ concerns that the company was biased against the Conservatives.
Republicans want Google, the search engine of Alphabet Inc., to ask if their search algorithms are influenced by human prejudice. They also want to examine it in areas such as the protection of privacy, the distribution of news and opinions, and relations with countries that are victims of human rights violations.
Pichai met economic adviser Larry Kudlow of the White House on Friday, Lindsay Walter’s White House spokeswoman said, and the couple “discussed a number of issues that affect Internet platforms and the Internet platform in general.”
Pichai accepted the invitation to a White House roundtable with Trump and other Internet stakeholders, the White House announced.
Pichai met high-ranking republican MPs Friday to discuss their concerns, said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
McCarthy told reporters after the meeting that the meeting was “very productive” and “open”.
“I think we really showed that there is a bias, which is human nature, but you have to have transparency and fairness,” said McCarthy. “As the technology sector developed, we lacked transparency, which shook confidence and, perhaps worse, hurt consumers.”
Google has repeatedly denied allegations of bias against the Conservatives.
In a statement, Pichai said his discussions with congressional leaders were constructive and informative, and that the company remained committed to “active dialogue with members on both sides of the aisle”.
He stated that he would testify before the House Committee “in due course”.
Last week Pichai wrote in an internal e-mail that suggestions that Google would intervene in the search results for political reasons were “completely wrong, we do not distort our products to promote a political agenda.”
The CEO was in Asia this week, but the trip to Washington was canceled.
The hearing will take place after the parliamentary elections in November, McCarthy said.
This month members of both parties attacked Google for refusing to send a leader to a Senate Intelligence Committee made up of executives from Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc.
Republicans have also expressed their concerns about Google’s dominance. Earlier this week, the Department of Justice met with advocates-general to emphasize the need to protect consumer privacy when large technology companies collect large amounts of data without drawing immediate conclusions.
Asked if the Republicans would try to separate Google, Mr. McCarthy replied, “I do not see that.”