Google testifies before Congress
Google was accused of hiding search results related to specific political parties and news publications. However, CEO Sundar Pichai denied the charge, saying, "We have always focused on providing users with the most relevant results."
Google was also accused of stealing "content" from businesses and delisting them from Google Search if they were seen as potential competition. "As Google became the gateway to the internet, it began to abuse its power. It used its surveillance over web traffic to identify competitive threats and crush them," the antitrust committee said. Pichai said he would "follow up" and "engage" with the Senator's office on the matter.
Google was also criticised for Gmail's sorting algorithm that allegedly dumps political campaign mailers in spam folders. "This is — appears to be — only happening to conservative Republicans. I don't see anything in the news, or anything in the press, or other members on the other side of the aisle talking about their campaign emails getting thrown into junk folders in Gmail. So my question is: Why is this only happening to Republicans?" a Senator asked.
Pichai, however, clarified, "We are focused on what users want and users have indicated they want us to organise personal emails — emails they receive from friends and family — separately. All we have done is, we have a tabbed organisation, and the primary tab has email from friends and family, and the secondary tab has other notifications."