Google CEO Sundar Pichai confronted a barrage of criticism Tuesday from House Republicans who said his company suppresses conservative voices, exposing Google to the same kind of scrutiny that has destabilized its tech peers this year. Pichai insisted that Google is careful to avoid political bias in its search engine and other products.

“To do otherwise would go against our core principles and our business interests,” said ­Pichai, testifying for the first time before Congress. “We are a company that provides platforms for diverse perspectives and opinions — and there is no shortage of them among our own employees.”

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