Last week there were widespread protests in cities across the United States. Google today expressed its solidarity for this moment in history with a message on the search homepage. YouTube has a similar ad and encourages donations.
Under the Google logo and the search field there is a black band with the following line: “We support racial equality and everyone who searches for it.”
In addition to Google.com, this message appears at the bottom of Chrome’s New Tab page on desktops. These high-profile rooms are usually reserved for advertising new services and hardware products.
The message is not accompanied by a link. In the United States, it replaces a Google Doodle that “celebrates the Galapagos Islands”.
Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai too expressed his personal thoughts today:
Today we share our support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black Community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others who have no voice on the U.S. Google and YouTube homepages. You are not alone for those who feel sadness, anger, sadness and fear. pic.twitter.com/JbPCG3wfQW
– Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) May 31, 2020
YouTube shared the same feeling on Friday night, announcing that $ 1 million would be pledged to support efforts to fight social injustice. The video site’s Twitter account also changed to a darker avatar. The previous symbol encouraged people to stay at home in the face of COVID-19.
We stand in solidarity against racism and violence. When members of our community hurt, we all hurt. We promise $ 1 million to support efforts to combat social injustice.
– YouTube (@YouTube) May 30, 2020
On Sunday morning, YouTube.com in the US has an advertising banner and a “donate now” button to take a “stand against racist injustice” that points to a video from the official channel:
In the meantime, Google announced late Friday that the Android 11: Beta Launch Show will not take place next Wednesday. The team believed that “now is not the time to celebrate” as the San Francisco Bay Area, where the company is headquartered, is experiencing protests.
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