Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Republican attorneys general threaten YouTube over ‘misleading’ label on pro-life videos

Monday, March 11th, 2024

Sixteen Republican attorneys general are threatening legal action against YouTube and its parent company, Google, for placing a “misleading” label on pro-life videos. Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird led the effort to send a letter to Google executive Neal Mohan on Monday regarding labels placed on pro-life videos on the social media platform. The letter Read more

A cult-like religious sect allegedly infiltrated Google.

Thursday, June 8th, 2023

A recent report from The New York Times has raised concerns about the alleged infiltration of Google by an organisation called the Fellowship of Friends that among other things follows the belief that most humans are in a state of “waking sleep.” This group, accused of exhibiting cult-like behaviour, reportedly holds significant influence within Google. Read more

Google employee union petitions search engine to suppress results for pro-life pregnancy centres

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

Employees at Google’s parent company are urging the search engine to suppress results for pro-life crisis pregnancy centres, according to a petition sent on Monday by the company union to Alphabet Inc CEO Sundar Pichai. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V Wade, more than 650 employees at Alphabet Inc Read more

Ex-employee claims Google infiltrated by a religious cult

Monday, June 20th, 2022

Kevin Lloyd, a 34-year-old former Google video producer, claimed in a lawsuit that he was fired last year because he complained about the influence of a religious sect. He alleged that as many as 12 Fellowship of Friends members and close relatives worked for the Google Developer Studio. Read more

YouTube has deleted under one percent of flagged hate videos

Monday, May 20th, 2019

YouTube has removed less than one percent of the 15 million hate videos flagged to it, figures given to MPs have revealed. Statistics provided to the UK Home Affairs Select Committee show that only 25,000 of nearly 15 million videos that were flagged as hateful or abusive between July and December last year have been Read more

After the Google walkout, is #Me Too about to get more militant?

Monday, November 5th, 2018

It started in Tokyo. On Thursday, Google employees around the world stopped work at 11am local time, as part of a planned protest against the tech giant’s handling of sexual harassment complaints. The protests happened in waves, with workers walking out of their offices, carrying signs and chanting, as the clock struck 11 in Singapore, Read more

Technology giants halt Ireland’s abortion referendum ads

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Technology giants Google and Facebook have suspended all advertising about Ireland’s abortion referendum. At present voters are being asked to decide whether to repeal Ireland’s constitutional ban on most abortions. Google says protecting “election integrity” is behind their decision. Advertisements on Google-owned companies AdWords and YouTube are included in the ban. Facebook says its decision Read more

Slavery, profits and technology titans

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Global “titans of technology” are forcing workers into a form of slavery, says Britain’s trade union leader Frances O’Grady. Speaking to a two-day summit of Catholic and labour movement leaders at the Vatican last Friday, O’Grady said the world needs a new figure like Cardinal Manning. (Manning was influential in setting the modern-day Catholic Church Read more

‘Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus’ — heroes are the popes!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

The best reason for readers to go out and purchase Douglas Rushkoff’s new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, is that the heroes at the end of the book turn out to be… the popes! The “new operating system” Rushkoff recommends turns out to be a variation on the fundamental vision of distributism – Read more

Are you there God? It’s us Googling

Friday, October 9th, 2015

It is not clear whether the quirks of search actually shape people’s beliefs. But it’s worth remembering that posing a question to a search engine is not the same as posing a question to any other kind of source. The competition for authority online is governed by a very different set of rules than in previous Read more