- On Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was interrogated by the House Judiciary Committee over a number of topics including potential bias in the search results it provides users.
- DuckDuckGo — a privacy-focused search engine company that competes with Google Search— released a study last week that claims Google is inadvertently introducing bias into its results.
- “Google’s collection and use of personal data, including location, which is then used to filter specific search results, is having an effect akin to the effects of a political bias,” DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg told Business Insider on Tuesday.
- The company’s study found participants saw vast differences in search results when searching for the same keywords (like “gun control” or “immigration”) from different locations across the country.
- A Google spokesperson said, in part: “This study’s methodology and conclusions are flawed.”
On Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was interrogated by the House Judiciary Committee over a number of topics including the company’s data collection and potential bias in the search results it serves up to users.
Republican House members — including Rep. Lamar Smith (TX) — didn’t hold back on the topic of conservative bias.
“It will require a herculean effort by the chief executive and senior management to change the political bias now programmed into the company’s culture,” Smith said, citing “irrefutable” studies on the subject. “Google could well elect the next president with dire implications to our democracy.”
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