Google CEO Sundar Pichai will testify before Congress
Google CEO Sundar Pichai is finally taking the hot seat.
Pichai is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC on Dec. 11 at 7 a.m PT.
The hearing was initially scheduled for Dec. 5, but has been postponed due to the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush, a committee spokeswoman said.
The hearing is titled "Transparency and Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices," and lawmakers will question Pichai on allegations of bias against conservatives on the company's platforms.
"Online technology is now an integral part of most Americans' modern lifestyle," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, said in a statement. "However, the technology behind online services like social media and Internet search engines can also be used to suppress particular viewpoints and manipulate public opinion."
It'll be Pichai's first congressional hearing. In September, the CEO of the search giant skipped a high-profile tech hearing that included Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Next to Sandberg and Dorsey was an empty chair and a name tag that said "Google." Both Pichai and Larry Page, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, were invited, but neither showed up. Their absence drew widespread anger from lawmakers.
Aside from bias, lawmakers will likely ask Pichai about Project Dragonfly, an effort to build a censored search engine for China. Lawmakers are also expected to press Google on data collection, including a bug that left users' personal information exposed on its Google Plus social network for two years. After the bug was disclosed, Google announced in August it would shut down the social network.