Pichai was the latest high-profile executive from Silicon Valley to address Congressional members on the handling of personal data following a flurry of breaches and manipulation of content the past two years.
In addition to explaining how Google search algorithms minimize bias, Pichai "denied any political bias within the company, and maintained that no individuals have direct influence over search results", DiClemente wrote.
"We work hard to ensure the integrity of our products, and we've put a number of checks and balances in place to ensure they continue to live up to our standards". But internal documents later surfaced that indicated the FTC's board had brushed off some recommendations of staff lawyers who believed Google was tinkering with its search results in way that stifled competition.
When asked about whether Google was manipulating search results, a Democratic congresswoman got this answer from Pichai.
Pichai's interrogation in front of the House Judiciary Committee capped a yearlong inquiry by the panel into allegations that Google and its tech peers stifle conservatives online.
Pichai in response said Google does not manually control its search results.
Zoe Lofgren told Pichai that we think there is "a little man sitting behind the curtain" who was responsible for the results against conservatives.
In a statement to Observer, Google said Weinberg's conclusion and the methodology of DuckDuckGo's study was flawed because it was based on the assumption that personalization is the only factor leading to different search results.
In August, Trump said in a tweet that a Google search for "Trump News" showed only reports from "Fake News Media". In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that nearly all stories & news is BAD.
"Results on "Trump News" are from National Left-Wing Media, very risky".
On Monday, Google announced that it had chose to move up the closure of its social networking platform Google+ to April 2019 after detecting a new security breach that exposed the private information of 52.5 million users. "We are a company that provides platforms for diverse perspectives and opinions - and we have no shortage of them among our own employees".
"I think it's happening", Rep. Steve Chabot said during the hearing while referring to Google "picking winners and losers in political discourse".