Google exec explains why searching idiot brings up images of Donald Trump

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The House Judiciary Committee spent three-and-a-half hours on Tuesday grilling Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

After reading aloud headlines from each set of results - the Scalise articles were generally positive, while the King results noted his record of racists remarks and retweets - and asking Pichai to confirm that the algorithms of the search engine don't order results based on ideological leanings, the congressman offered some advice.

Besides the Chinese problem, Pichai was asked if Google had rigged its search algorithm to favor certain political parties. According to him "FOMO", the acronym for fear of missing out is going to drive the market up because crypto assets will gain more mainstream acceptance.

In his explanation, Google CEO has cleared the point from his part and from Google's part. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that nearly all stories & news is BAD.

Pictures of the USA president have consistently been turning up in Google search results for the word "idiot" since at least the summer of 2018. "He could never really explain why so many results of internet searches were in fact slanted against conservatives or Republicans or the President or the Vice President", Smith said during his appearance on Breitbart News Daily on Thursday. It may sound a bit absurd, but here are the headlines for the top 3 results for the search "idiot" in Google.

The question was put forward by Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren, who was apparently trying to help Pichai. "I think tech has to realize it just can't build it and then fix it, I think that doesn't work", he added.

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Pichai's first appearance ever before Congress comes after he angered members of a Senate panel in September by declining their invitation to testify about election manipulation.

Mr Pichai replied that Google search results were based on billions of keyword ranked according to more than 200 factors, including relevance and popularity.

Governments around the world are becoming increasingly unnerved by the power being amassed by major technology companies - with the dominance of Facebook in social networking, Google in search and Amazon in e-commerce raising the most concerns.

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Pichai said worries about harmful uses of AI are "very legitimate" but that the industry should be trusted to regulate its use.

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