The House Judiciary Committee questioned Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday. They questioned him regarding the “Dragonfly” project to develop a censored search engine for China. During the extensive questioning, one representative stated when searching the word “idiot” under images, the first one that came up was of President Trump. She asked Pichai about this, but he was unable to give a direct answer.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) asked Pichai about the potential that Google would be contributing to the oppression of Chinese people who are “looking for a lifeline of freedom and democracy.”
Pichai replied that Google has “no plans” to launch a censored search engine in China…for now.
“Right now, we have no plans to launch in China, we don’t have a search product there. Our core mission is to provide users access to information, and getting access to information is an important human right,” he said. “So we are always compelled, across the world to try hard to provide that information. But right now there are no plans to launch search in China.”