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Former Google exec says he was pushed out for highlighting human rights abuses

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To kick off the new year, a former Google executive is sharing details about how he was allegedly pushed out of the company for attempting to center human rights principles within the search engine giant.


Ross LaJeunesse just penned a detailed blog post running through his decade-plus at the company. In 2010, as head of public policy for Asia Pacific, LaJeunesse executed the company’s “landmark decision” to stop censoring search results in China. 


At the time, Google had been running a search product in the country while trying to maintain its “Don’t be evil” mantra. However, the situation in China became volatile after a hacking attempt on Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and an increase in censorship demand. So, the company decided it would stop cooperating with Chinese government. Read more...

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