According to Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, the appearance of Sundar Pichai, the Indo-American CEO of Google, before the Congressional committee for a trial of persecution by the lawmakers on the matter of search engine’s data privacy, was an episode of celebration.
Both of them serves in the significant positions in the different professional spheres in lives – one in the corporate world and other in the political world. Both were born in Tamil Nadu. As the first Indian-American Congresswoman accentuated this point during the hearing of Congress.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal told the Google CEO , “Let me just take a point of personal privilege to say that I was born in the same state as you in India and I am excited to see you leading a company and continuing to show that immigrants to this country contribute great value, in spite of some of the rhetoric we hear. Thank you, Mr Pichai”.
Google CEO, 46 years old Sundar Pichai was born in the Capital of Tamilnadu and completed graduation from IIT Kharagpur. In 2004 he joined Google and in 2015 he acquired the designation of the Chief Executive Officer of the company.
Congresswoman 53 years old Pramila Jayapal was born in Chennai and pursued her study in the US. Both of them crossed the same immigration pathway, including H-1B visa and Green Card, before getting the US citizenship.
During the trial, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal questioned to Sundar Pichai referring the hate speech and sexual harassment. She asked, “ Do you agree with the UN high commissioner for human rights assessment that social media played a role, for example, in perpetuating genocide against the Rohingya and what is Google’s response ability to moderate hate speech on your platforms”.
Mr Pichai replied, “We feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to moderate hate speech. You know, we have defined hate speech clearly as inciting violence or hatred towards groups of people”.
Google CEO added, “ It is absolutely something which I think we need to take a very strict line on and we have stated our policies clearly and we are working hard to make our enforcement better and we have gotten a lot better. But it is not enough and so, we are committed to doing more here”.
In her statement, Ms Jayapal professed her deep worries about the employers directing forced adjudication rather than allocating for people to follow justice. She said, “Forcing people into arbitration when they have already experienced a violation of their basic rights I think is a deep injustice and it subjects people who have already been victimised to further victimisation and we have seen research that shows that it discourages people from coming forward to report abuses, to begin with”.
According to Pichai, Google’s adjudication agreements did not prefer any loyalty provisions. He said, “That is how we have done it. But for sexual harassment, we agreed that it should be up to the employees and we give them a choice”.
He added, “We are definitely looking into this further. It is an area where I have gotten feedback personally from our employees, so we are definitely reviewing what we could do and you know, I am looking forward to consulting and happy to think about more changes here ”.