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Google Employees Take to The Streets in Protest Around The Globe

Is the other shoe set to drop in the story of Google’s unchecked power?

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As the world around us continues to march into the digital abyss, a much greater deal of attention must be paid to the like of Google.

The search engine company has been making enormous strides over the course of the last few years, inserting their computing power into nearly every facet of American society.  From translating languages, to measurement conversions and driving directions, Google has become a daily-use corporation for a vast majority of Americans.  This, of course, leads us to the concern over the sheer scope of their power as a company whose market niche is occupied by they and they alone.

Antitrust concerns are nothing new for companies like Google and Facebook, but, given the incredible influence that Google in particular has, there is little doubt that the company could shape the face of American culture in a moment’s notice…including a number of recent concerns about midterm election meddling in America.

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With this great power comes great responsibility, and employees of the gigantic corporate conglomerate are expressing their own distrust of Google in a very public way.

Over 1,000 Google employees and contractors in Asia, Europe and the United States staged brief midday walk-outs on Thursday, with more expected to follow at California headquarters, amid complaints of sexism, racism and unchecked executive power in their workplace.

Hundreds of women and men filed out of Google’s office in New York City and silently walked around the block for about 10 minutes around 11:00 a.m. ET. A few held sheets of paper with messages including “Respect for women.”

Two blocks away, a larger crowd of people that appeared to number a thousand or more, including Google employees and New Yorkers not working for the company, filled a small park. Some held larger signs than those at the Google office, with more confrontational messages including “Time’s up Tech.”

The issue with Google’s expansive and totalitarian internet power is nothing new, and the cushy, high dollar jobs being held by some of these protesters just goes to show that cash is no consolation for morality, especially in today’s divided America.

 

 

 

 

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