CCTV Script 12/12/18

— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on December 12, 2018, Wednesday.

The subject of the Google congressional hearing was :" transparency and accountability: a review of Google and its data collection, use and filtering practices." There are several aspects that U.S. lawmakers are focusing on. The first is whether Google search results are neutral or not, and whether they are not conducive to conservative views.

We know that since last year, President Trump and republicans have repeatedly accused Google and other US technology platforms of using search results and news to silence conservative voices. However, Pichai, Google's chief executive, denied that and reiterated that Google's search algorithms did not support any particular ideology and reflected only the most relevant results.

Sundar Pichai

Chief Executive Officer of Google

It is our interest to make sure we reflect what is happening out there in the best subject in manner as possible."

The second issue the representatives focused on was the market monopoly of Google. Current data shows that Google has more than 90% market share in the search engine market. In 2017, the European Union fined Google $2.7 billion for monopolizing shopping search results.

In addition, lawmakers have questioned Google's transparency in data collection. Not long ago, there were reports some popular apps could closely track users' locations before collecting and selling the data to advertisers and retailers. Google's android operating system has more apps to keep track of where people are.

In Europe, seven European consumer groups now say they plan to file lawsuits with regulators in their countries accusing Google of abusing its user-location tools and collecting data that could reveal more about users, not only their location but also their political or sexual orientation.

Ted Poe

United States Representative

"Does Google know through this phone that I am moving over there and sitting over there next to Mr. Johnson? which would make him real nervous?It's his question. It's yes or no...

Sundar Pichai

Chief Executive Officer of Google

I wouldn't be able to answer that without looking at ....

Ted Poe

United States Representative

"You can't say yes or no?"

Pichai stressed that Google released its own framework this year to guide data privacy legislation, and that this is an area that requires ongoing efforts. As for hate speech and misinformation, he said Google has also been trying to deal with misinformation and seek to do more. The hearing showed growing concern among the public and regulators about privacy protection. Pichai also cited more than 160 million people who checked their Google privacy Settings last month. And he also believes that achieving consistent global regulation has some value for the company. We will keep an eye on this issue.