Briahna Joy Gray and Robby Soave discuss Google firing more employees over sit-ins over its cloud computing contract with Israel.


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Short Summary

  1. 50 Google employees were fired following protests against the company’s contract with Israel’s Nimbus project, a $1.2 billion deal for cloud services to the Israeli government and military.
  2. The protests were sparked by concerns over the use of Google’s technology in the conflict with Gaza, with employees demanding assurances that their work would not contribute to warfare.
  3. Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that the workplace is not a place for politics, leading to the firings.
  4. A legislative battle is ongoing between Google and California regarding a bill that would require tech giants to compensate news publishers for using their content on platforms or in search results.
  5. In response to the bill, Google removed California news websites from some search results, drawing criticism from California State Senator Mike McGuire among others.
  6. The situation underscores the challenges faced by newspapers in the digital age, where advertising revenue has largely shifted to online platforms.
  7. The video discusses the legal similarities between news shows and search engines under internet laws like Section 230, highlighting Google’s significant power and profits from its search engine monopoly.
  8. There’s a debate on whether Google will prioritize journalism over profits, especially as deplatforming news sites could affect the search engine’s effectiveness and open doors for competitors.
  9. Similar regulatory challenges faced by Google in Australia and Canada are mentioned, where the company had to negotiate with the government over news content.
  10. The speaker acknowledges the complexity of the issue, mentioning a company that felt harmed by being blocked on Google despite seeking help, and commits to further investigation into the matter.
  • paraphrand
    2 months ago

    #3. The workplace is not a place for politics.

    Then stop making deals with political entities.

    Politics is about power and who should have it.

    Google is very much dealing with politics in the workplace.

    I wish people understood the definitions of words and “politics” wasn’t just anything one does not like.

    Google should also stop having politics be part of their work by dropping all lobbyists too. Stop actively trying to influence those in power and who should be in power and what power those in power have. politics.

    • @foggy
      42 months ago

      You’re reminding me of a time on reddit when some dilweed was up in arms that people were politicizing the police

      Like homie you need latin.