Google Warned its Employees to Not Protesting in SF's Pride Parade


 
 
02:30 07/01/2019

The month of June was Gay Pride month and it came to a fabulous end with a big parade in San Francisco.

One company who didn't want any trouble from its employees at the parade was Google GOOGL .

According to a report in The Verge, the tech giant had warned its employees about protesting at the Pride parade in San Francisco over the weekend.

Google argued that this would violate the company's code of conduct.

For almost a month, employees of the company have been internally protesting YouTube's (which is owned by Google) decision to continue hosting videos from conservative comedian Steven Crowder.

Crowder has tartegeted a journalist from Vox who happens to be a homosexual and has used racist and homophobic language towards him.

“Employees are free to make whatever statement they want personally, apart from our corporate sponsored float/contingent,” wrote a Google diversity and inclusion lead, according to copies of the exchange seen by The Verge. “But they are not permitted to leverage our platform to express a message contradictory to the one Google is expressing.”

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is supporting the decision to not delete Crowder’s videos. She said, I know that the decision we made was very hurtful to the LGBTQ community and that was not our intention at all. I thought it was really important to be upfront about that and to say that, that was not our intention. And we're really sorry about that.”

It was also recently reported that Google is working on an alternative named “Fast Share” that’s similar to Apple’s AirDrop on iOS and Mac.

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