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Google Staff Petition SF Pride to Exclude Company From Event

  • SF Pride organizer says Google will remain in celebration
  • Workers are unhappy with YouTube’s handling of hate speech
Parade participants wave pride flags as the march during the 2016 San Francisco Pride Parade on June 26, 2016.
Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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About 100 Google employees urged the organizer of this weekend’s San Francisco Pride parade to kick the company out of the celebration, escalating pressure on the internet giant to overhaul its handling of hate speech online.

“Whenever we press for change, we are told only that the company will ‘take a hard look at these policies,’” the employees wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to the board of directors of San Francisco Pride. “But we are never given a commitment to improve, and when we ask when these improvements will be made, we are always told to be patient. We are told to wait. For a large company, perhaps waiting is prudent, but for those whose very right to exist is threatened, we say there is no time to waste, and we have waited too long, already.”