Google employees who are planning to march with the San Francisco parade company this weekend have been warned that the LGBTQ + protest on YouTube will be a violation of company policy.
Confirmation of Google's position on Pride protest was first reported by The Verge and came via an email exchange between Gayglers leader, LGBTQ + internal LGBTQ + group, and the LGBTQ + Global Leader of Public turn on. When the employee asks if they could be part of Google's contingent, while protesting against the latest political decisions on YouTube, the opposition opt said it would violate the company's communications policy.
Disappointment of the LGBTQ + company policy erupted earlier this month when the company decided that homophobic and racial offenses as a Vox journalist in a video posted by conservative commentator Stephen Crowder did not violate YouTube's terms of service. Crawford, who has 3.8 million subscribers, often refers to the sexuality and ethnicity of journalist Vox Carlos Maza on his show, using phrases such as "song queer" and "gay latino" to describe the journalist. Eventually, YouTube took Crowder's chance to make money from their videos, but decided that the videos could stay on the site.
Google is trying to stop ruining after Crowder's controversial video incident, with CEO Sundar Pichai saying in an email to LGBTQ employees that YouTube's management "is looking at its efforts" for harassment policies.
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A Google spokesman confirmed with Business Insider on Monday employees would violate their corporate policy if they want to protest the company while marching along with its float. The spokeswoman said employees are free to protest, even though they want to attend a parade with a group other than Google or if they appear in their own "personal capacity".
"Because you represent the company, you can not protest against the company at the same time."
The current employee who talks to Business Insider said that because a person needs to be connected to a particular group or contingent to go on parade, Google's limitation is significant. When asked what part of the company's policy protest against employees would be in violation, the spokesman told Business Insider: "Since you represent the company, you can not protest against the company at the same time."
An email from the group leader Gaygler was sent to all Google employees on Monday to inform them about the company's position. In a part of the e-mail received from Business Insider, the employee writes: "If you're marching with a Google-sponsored vessel, you represent the company and the statement the company is doing (that is, it supports LGBTQ + rights, .). are free to make any statement they want personally, except for our corporate sponsored float / contingent, but they are not allowed to use our platform to express a message contrary to what Google expresses.
In terms of how employees would be penalized if they opted to protest this weekend as part of Google's contingent, the opposition opined said employees would have to contact the team responsible for implementing the Code of Conduct, according to the current employee who has spoken with Business Insider.
Another current employee told Business Insider that the potential consequences of breaking communication policy could potentially follow several steps: first oral alert, then signing a formal complaint, and finally a clear statement that they would be suspended if they continue to violate politics in the same way.
This official said on Monday that since Google has already made clear about the San Francisco parade protests, all offenders are likely to "jump faster on this escalation."
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