Google CEO Sundar Pichai “has agreed to testify before the Committee on behalf of Google’s business practices,” a release from the Committee said. Pichai will be expected to discuss matters on the company’s transparency.
Majority Leader McCarthy, said:“Google has created some of the most powerful and impressive technology applications. Today the company accounts for nearly 90 percent of worldwide search traffic. Google therefore has great influence over what millions of people can and cannot find on the Internet. That comes with a responsibility to its users.
Previously, Google had declined an invitation to appear in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. However, other C-suite executives such as CEO of Twitter and Square Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg accepted. According to CNBC, Pichai had discussed the matter in a private session with the members of Congress.
“Unfortunately, recent reports suggest Google might not be wielding its vast power impartially. Its business practices may have been affected by political bias. Additionally, reports claim the company is compromising its core principles by complying with repressive censorship mandates from China,” McCarthy said. “For months, House Republicans have called for greater transparency and openness from Google. Company CEO Sundar Pichai met with House Republicans in September to answer some of our questions. Mr. Pichai’s scheduled appearance in front of the House Judiciary Committee is another important step to restoring public trust in Google and all the companies that shape the Internet.”