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USA: Google employees stage rally after two activist colleagues suspended

2 23.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Speaker addressing crowd, San Francisco
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M/S Protesters chanting
M/S Speaker addressing crowd
M/S Protester with banner reading: "We need to know Google won't retaliate''
SOT, Eddie Grystar, Google employee: "A lot of us, about three hundred of us came out here today to show support for these two workers that are now on administrative leave and we are demanding that they be returned to work but we are also demanding that the workers here at Google have a say in how the company is used. If Google is going to continue to know everything about us, they have data on billions of users, health care data, everything like that but the employees can't even know how this data is being used. That's a problem. Employees are the last line of defence to maintaining the moral compass for a large company like Google."
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SOT, Eddie Grystar, Google employee: "There is Laurence Berland who is a software engineer here at Google in San Francisco. He was allegedly placed on administrative leave for viewing other employees' calendars, something we all do everyday. And Rebecca Rivers who is a software engineer in Boulder, Colorado who flew here to join us was also placed on administrative leave for allegedly accessing a document through the company internet that was labelled "need to know" and Rebecca searched for something in the company related to the policy around taking down speech and this was open to everyone in the company but because she viewed that data she was placed on administrative leave."
W/S Laurence Berland addressing crowd
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M/S Laurence Berland speaking
SOT, Eddie Grystar, Google employee: "Laurence was involved in circulating a petition to raise awareness around Youtube's proliferation of hate-speech against LGBTQ people on its platform, as well as attending weekly meetings talking about broader-organising issues. The company would have been aware of this. Rebecca was placed on administrative leave, was also involved in circulating a petition around Google's potential contract with Customs and Border Patrol. Both of them were brought into interrogations. They are not accused of anything. But we believe that Google could be trying to make an example out of these two."
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M/S Google sign, San Francisco
SCRIPT
Hundreds of Google employees staged a rally in front of the company's offices in San Francisco on Friday to protest against the suspension of two of their colleagues. Rebecca Rivers and Laurence Berland were placed on administrative leave after they allegedly accessed and shared internal documents, which Google says were confidential.
But protesters say that the suspension was a retaliation after both employees campaigned for raising awareness about Google's privacy and hate speech policies.
"Laurence was involved in circulating a petition to raise awareness around Youtube's proliferation of hate-speech against LGBTQ people on its platform, as well as attending weekly meetings talking about broader-organising issues. The company would have been aware of this. Rebecca was placed on administrative leave, was also involved in circulating a petition around Google's potential contract with Customs and Border Patrol. Both of them were brought into interrogations. They are not accused of anything. But we believe that Google could be trying to make an example out of these two," said Eddie Grystar, one of protesters.