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Google, YouTube stand for racial equality: Pichai

Sundar Pichai on Sunday expressed his solidarity with the African-America community in the United States in wake of the widespread protests that have been going on in the country over the death of George Floyd.

YouTube, on its part, darkened its profile picture on Twitter and announced that it was donating $1 million to address social injustice.
YouTube, on its part, darkened its profile picture on Twitter and announced that it was donating $1 million to address social injustice. (Twitter/Sundar Pichai)

Alphabet Inc CEO Sundar Pichai on Sunday expressed his solidarity with the African-America community in the United States in wake of the widespread protests that have been going on in the country over the death of George Floyd.

Pichai in a tweet said that Google and YouTube stood in solidarity with the Black community in the country. “Today on US Google & YouTube homepages we share our support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery & others who don’t have a voice. For those feeling grief, anger, sadness & fear, you are not alone,” the Google CEO wrote in a tweet.

Google showed its support for the African-American community by displaying a message to highlight the same on its homepage in the US. “We stand in support of racial equality, and all those who search for it,” Google wrote along with a black ribbon on its homepage.

As per a report by 9To5 Google, this message also appeared at the bottom of Chrome’s New Tab page on the desktop site.

YouTube, on its part, darkened its profile picture on Twitter and announced that it was donating $1 million to address social injustice. “We stand in solidarity against racism and violence. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt. We’re pledging $1M in support of efforts to address social injustice,” YouTube wrote in a Tweet.

In addition to this, Google has also postponed its Android 11 beta launch event. While the company didn’t explicitly state a reason, it did say that, “We are excited to tell you more about Android 11, but now is not the time to celebrate,” thereby indicating that the decision had been made keeping in view the present circumstances in the country.

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