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Google’s new union has penned a searing open letter to YouTube executives, accusing the platform of fostering fascism and failing to act in the wake of the siege by pro-Trump rioters on the US Capitol.
The Alphabet Workers Union, which was officially formed on Monday of this week and comprises roughly 400 employees from Google’s parent company Alphabet, published the open letter on Thursday.
“We know that social media has emboldened the fascist movement growing in the United States and we are particularly cognizant that YouTube, an Alphabet product, has played a key role in this growing threat, which has received an insufficient response from YouTube executives,” said the letter.
“We warned our executives about this danger, only to be ignored or given token concessions, and the results have been suicides, mass murders, violence around the world, and now an attempted coup at the Capitol of the United States.”
The letter described YouTube’s specific response to the attack on the Capitol as “lackluster,” and picked up on its approach to Donald Trump.
“YouTube refuses to hold Donald Trump accountable to the platform’s own rules by choosing only to remove one video instead of removing him from the platform entirely,” the letter reads.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Technology