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Google employees, community activists, and investors were protesting outside the parent company’s headquarters in a show of strength in the midst of a response to a series of incidents associated with hatred, the spread of white supremacist videos, and misinformation.
The demonstration, which was accompanied by several shareholder proposals on Wednesday to reform, as well as the improvement of the tech-giant is the latest battle in an ongoing war brewing in the Mountain View, Calif., a company that is established and well-paid workers and the independent shareholders from the company’s top-managers of conflict, ranging from the now-shelved plans for a censored search engine in China, and for the treatment of sexual harassment claims and allegations of retaliation against employees.
A historic #GoogleWalkout 20,000 employees around the world, in November of last year, prompted in part by revelations that two of the top Google executives received $135 million in disbursements over sexual harassment allegations, which led to a broader wave of political activism.
Carrying banners with slogans such as “OK, Google” and “Hey Google, Do a Better job,” the protesters excoriated the tech giant is more than just a series of problems, including sex-based pay inequities, sexual harassment, and the company is in the discussion for the search engine in China.
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A coalition of activist groups, shareholders, and employees demonstrated outside the headquarters of Google in Mountain View, Calif., this week.
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“The engineers and the janitors have marched side-by-side. This is the power of the people, and the solidarity looks like,” the #GoogleWalkout organizers said in a statement on Twitter. “Together, we can make the wishes of some of our most vulnerable communities first, and the dignity of all of us.”
A shareholder proposal that asks you to make a human rights impact assessment of the potential for censorship of China search engine will be known as Project Dragonfly, which will be Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai said, is already on the shelf.
“We are here as members of this Google community is to say that we are better off to do it,” Wyatt Ratliff, a Google employee, told Recode. “A lot of my co-workers in reporting the sexual harassment to HR, and HR will be working on the defense of the company and the plaintiffs.”
Joshua Brockwell, investment communications director at Azzad Asset Management, told Fox News in a statement that Google are working on a censored Chinese search engine, is still a major concern for the company.
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“The Chinese government has the use of invasive, data-driven monitoring to track its citizens. The potential to weaponize the data from Google searches to the government, to the development of human rights abuses, including mass arrests of Uighur minority. We have grave concerns over the Alphabet, possibly re-entering the Chinese market,” Brockwell said.
Another proposal is to have the strength to make it to the global issues of gender and racial pay gaps, and that is something that other large companies, including Citigroup, have done the following shareholder pressure.
“Google’s motto is” Do what is right.” So, it’s time that your money is where his mouth is,” said Natasha Lamb, Arjuna Capital’s managing partner, in a statement via e-mail. “There is an economic need for the technology giants to attract and retain women, and they can’t do that with lip service. We have a pro-active approach to the full scope of the gender and race pay disparities in the company, and the hiring of any problems in the bud.”
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Demonstrators are seen outside of Google’s shareholder meeting this week in Mountain View, California, usa.
According to Arjun, the Capital city, at least 64 of the companies affected, more than 100 of shareholders ‘ resolutions on the gender pay gap between women and men, of the 46 proposals have been made in the technology, finance and consumer companies, 22 have committed to the disclosure of their pay.
Even so, as is the case with Facebook, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a majority of the voting power in the council, the Alphabet, shareholder proposals have no chance of success, because Google’s two founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, in control of a majority of the most powerful of the shares. Page, who recently took part in the general meeting of shareholders is held in 2017, was not provided for in the event of the year.
“We believe that the Alphabet has been expanded to a size and complexity that it is difficult, as is evident from the numerous failures of supervision and management. I come from a country where people are jailed for the use of the search terms that the Chinese government doesn’t like, and it is of the opinion, “sensitive” Sonamtso, as a staffer and activist with Students for a Free Tibet, said at the meeting, according to audio posted on Twitter.
The activist, who was at the non-profit corporate reform group, SumOfUs, urged the shareholders to support proposal 10 calls for the exploration of strategic alternatives, and restructuring of the abc in the class A and class B shares by notice to the search giant’s content with a view to mitigating interference.
“Frontline communities do not have the luxury of waiting for all of your hypotheticals in order to turn into a real risk for us. You have violated the trust and confidence of your customers in you, and that’s not the case for the shareholder value of your company. Google’s willingness to work together with the government of China, sets a very dangerous precedent for internet freedom across the world. It has an alphabet that is very, very slow to restrict the spread of hate speech and extremist content on its platforms,” Sonamtso he said.
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Google has said in the past that it wasn’t going to be fast enough to clamp down on extremism, and the misleading information on the platforms, especially on YouTube, where it has recently been revealed in a series of updates designed to filter out hate speech and white supremacist content.
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