The executive directors of Google and YouTube of Alphabet Inc. pledged to search for videos and other content more closely for misleading news and inappropriate messages on their web services before the US elections. UU Later this year.  "We have more elections to come, so we are working harder," Google CEO Sundar Pichai said during an interview at an event in San Francisco on Friday presented by MSNBC and Recode. "We feel a great sense of responsibility"
Later this year, the midterm elections will determine which party the Congress runs, now controlled by the Republicans.
YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki said the online video service is trying to hire as many employees as possible to analyze the videos in conjunction with computers running artificial intelligence software to quickly identify and eliminate offensive material and imprecise.
"It has to be human and you need to have those machines," he said.
The Google search engine and its news aggregation service have been criticized for displaying misleading responses and distributing false stories online. Meanwhile, YouTube faces one of the worst crises in its existence of about 18 years after advertisers found their marketing messages along with extremist and offensive videos. YouTube has also been swept up in the research on whether Russia used social media to influence the 2016 presidential election.
"All of us are obviously very upset that someone has been able to influence the elections," Pichai said. However, he warned that it is difficult for such a large company to decide what is true or false. "Drawing the line is increasingly difficult," he said. "We are a global company, we operate in many countries, people do not agree."
Still, Pichai said that the additional scrutiny of technology companies is important to maintain trust.
"We must all be careful," he added. . "We do not want people to reject technology, technology is the source of progress."
Artificial intelligence is the most important technology and the source of much anxiety about how work and human society in general will change, the CEO added.
"It's fair to be concerned about AI," said Pichai. "I do not think any company should control it."
Pichai noticed that his cousin is training to be a radiologist, a job that AI is already beginning to automate. "This will make his job a lot easier, he'll spend more time with patients," he said.
The CEO has been promoting new ways to train tomorrow's technology workers. Last year, Google committed $ 1 billion in grants and volunteer hours for employees over five years to use technology for education, economic opportunity and inclusion.
Earlier this week, Google introduced a new online educational program to certify people to work in information technology support: posts with a solid salary that do not require full software coding skills.
"It's a new category of work that did not exist before," Pichai said Friday. "Over time, the nature of the work will change."