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Google CEO Sundar Pichai to meet with US lawmakers after previous snub 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, May 8, 2018.
Stephen Lam | Reuters

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is scheduled to meet privately with members of Congress Friday after he and his boss, Google co-founder Larry Page, stood up lawmakers at a public hearing earlier this month.

The closed-door gathering is expected to include discussions about President Donald Trump's recent allegations that Google has been rigging the results of its influential search engine to suppress conservative viewpoints. Google has denied any political bias.

Other topics on the agenda are expected to include potential regulations governing consumer privacy, antitrust concerns and Google's potential expansion into China with a search engine providing censored results to comply with that country's Communist government.

Google and its corporate parent, Alphabet, may also be trying to mend some political fences after Pichai and Page snubbed Congress a few weeks ago.

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