By Wayne Besen
Historically, Google is known for celebrating diversity and inclusion. In 2018, the career website GlassDoor.com, listed Google as Number 3 in its list of “20 Companies That Champion LGBTQ Equality Hiring Now.”
So why on earth would Google risk its reputation and future by providing a platform for a vile app that unquestionably promulgates homophobia? Why would the company refuse to comment to major media outlets such as Newsweek, the Telegraph and the New York Post? Clearly, the actions of Google seem illogical and irrational because their peculiar behavior is inimical to their pro-LGBT brand.
Sadly, we can’t rule out the possibility that Google has come under the sway of far right wing organizations. The Wall Street Journal published an alarming article this month titled, “Facebook, Twitter Turn to Right-Leaning Groups to Help Referee Political Speech.” This includes the Family Research Council (FRC) and its President, Tony Perkins, who allegedly is advising Facebook. FRC is a Southern Poverty Law Center designated “Hate Group.”
According to the Wall Street Journal: “Google contributes to more than 200 third party groups, including the Heritage Foundation, National Cyber Security Alliance, and Americans for Tax Reform (Grover Norquist’s radical group)…Executives see the outreach to a cross section of groups as a form of political protection, to defend against the allegation that they are biased against conservatives, a complaint lodged repeatedly last year by President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers.”
Is it possible that Google has not acted with corporate responsibility because it has cut a deal with far right wing extremists who see nothing wrong with “ex-gay” child abuse programs? If this is true, the fight over this one app has much broader reach and significantly wider implications for LGBT people. It is one we must fight and win.