Google CEO to discuss censorship allegations


WASHINGTON • Google CEO Sundar Pichai (picture) said he will meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week as his company and other Internet giants face increasing scrutiny from conservatives who allege that their views are being censored online.

“I look forward to meeting with members on both sides of the aisle, answering a wide range of questions, and explaining our approach,” Pichai said in a statement on Monday. “These meetings will continue Google’s long history of engaging with Congress, including testifying seven times to Congress this year.”

Google denies it makes content decisions based on politics. US President Donald Trump and other prominent Republicans have accused Facebook Inc, Google and Twitter Inc of silencing conservative voices and news sources on their social networks and online platforms.

In a tweet last month, Trump wrote, “Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen.”

The meeting was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal, which said it would be private and was organised by House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican. Like Trump, McCarthy has been ramping up his criticism of Google and other social-media sites, saying they are biased against Conservatives.

Google blamed the incident on vandalism of Wikipedia, from which it pulled the information.