The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will likely put off until next week a hearing with Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on the Alphabet Inc unit’s social networking practices because of the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush, Chairman Bob Goodlatte said on Sunday.
Pichai had agreed to testify before the panel over Republican concerns that the provider is biased against conservatives after it jumped a high-profile Senate hearing. Google has denied it’s biased toward conservatives.
The hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, the exact same day a state funeral will probably be held for Bush in the National Cathedral in Washington.
“But we expect that to happen and it is very, very important that it will happen,” he explained.
Besides questions about possible political bias, lawmakers may also examine Google’s potential investments in China.
House testimony of Google CEO Sundar Pichai likely to be delayed a week
The testimony of Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, +1.38% GOOG, +0.56percent Google, before the House Judiciary Committee will likely be postponed a week, Reuters reported Sunday. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., told Reuters on Sunday the hearing will probably be put off until next week because Wednesday — the day the hearing was scheduled — are the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush. Pichai will hear Republican lawmakers’ concerns that Google is biased against conservatives, a charge Google has denied.
Google formerly told US lawmakers it was considering options to offer additional services in China, but dropped to detail strategies for fixing Chinese censorship.
The company has come under criticism after reports it had been considering re-entering China’s search engine market and would comply with its online censorship and surveillance policies.