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Ted Cruz says Senate will hold Google-specific hearing on political bias

Facebook and Twitter faced the Senate on Wednesday, but Google was absent.

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Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. 

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Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday testified before the Senate over accusations of anti-conservative bias. But Google, who was originally expected to attend, was absent. 

In response, Cruz said the committee will hold will conduct a separate hearing focused specifically on Google and political bias.

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Facebook was represented by Neil Potts, the social network's public policy director, who also testified in the hearing on Tuesday. Twitter sent Carlos Monje, Jr., director of public policy and philanthropy for the US and Canada. Google had offered to send Max Pappas, the search giant's head of conservative outreach, but a source familiar with the situation said the committee rejected his appearance. 

Cruz said Pappas was rejected because he didn't meet the committee's requirements for proper seniority at the company.

This isn't the first time Google has missed a high-profile congressional hearing. Last September, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testified on Capitol Hill, but Google CEO Sundar Pichai declined. He eventually testified in his own hearing in December.

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