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Google boss Sundar Pichai testified on December 11, 2018 during a hearing of the US Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump met with Google boss Sundar Pichai on "political justice" on the platform and the company's business in China on Wednesday.
A source familiar with the meetings told CNBC that the visit had been planned for a long time, as Pichai had pledged to engage more with the federal government after appearing to Congress in December last year. Pichai was accompanied by Karan Bhatia, the head of government relations at Google. He met dozens of people in administration and congress on a range of topics, including privacy laws and trade.
"We were pleased to have productive talks with the President on investing in the future of the American workforce, the growth of emerging technologies, and our continued commitment to working with the US government," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. 19659008] According to reports, Google is planning a censored search engine that complies with the strict laws of the Chinese government on Internet usage. Intercept reported Wednesday that the company is conducting a top-secret internal performance review of the project, code-named Dragonfly.
The meeting appears to be a positive step for the Google executive, which has been criticizing Republican lawmakers' claim is political bias on Google's platforms. Trump previously said that the company, along with Facebook and Twitter, are "traveling in very, very troubled areas."
Pichai declined to appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in September, leaving only an empty chair next to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter boss Jack Dorsey. Pichai testified in December last year. The Washington meeting this week could make some necessary changes.
A group of Attorney Generals who were indicted by the then US. Attorney General Jeff Sessions's review of Big Tech's antitrust concerns was reportedly focused on Google.
– CNBCs Lauren Feiner and M.C. Wellons contributed to this report.
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