Google announced their support for #BlackLivesMatter yesterday evening, tweeting a statement featuring the controversial hashtag demanding “racial justice now.”
“#AltonSterling and #PhilandoCastile’s lives mattered. Black lives matter. We need racial justice now” posted Google on their official Twitter account this evening. “We’re devastated by the senseless deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Today Googlers held vigils in their memory, and in memory of all those like them whose lives have been cut short unfairly”.
“We stand in solidarity with the fight for racial justice” concluded the post, before finishing it off with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.
— Google (@google) July 7, 2016
The tweet has received over 10,500 retweets and 9,440 favourites, however many people have also taken to Twitter to criticize Google’s politicized statement.
“Okay @google, the next step is action” replied blogger Anil Dash. “What about suspending your hosted services (and Dropcam sales) to PDs under federal investigation?”
Google have faced heavy criticism recently for displaying an increasingly clear political bias. The search engine failed to display homepage “doodles” for both Memorial Day and the D-Day Anniversary, despite celebrating civil rights activist and Osama Bin Laden admirer Yuri Kochiyama with a doodle in May.
Several users of Gmail have also reported seeing their Trump campaign emails end up in the spam inbox, whilst Google have also attempted to hide anti-Hillary Clinton search terms from being recommended in their search engine.
“[Google] is directly engaged in Hillary Clinton’s campaign” warned WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange in June. “[They are] personally at the top aligned with Hillary Clinton’s election campaign and almost certainly once Hillary Clinton becomes president, those people in Google, like Jared Cohen, will be placed into positions around the new Clinton presidency”.