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After the Google walkout, is #Me Too about to get more militant? | Moira Donegan

Women’s stories of abuse have hardly made a mark on institutions like the tech giant. If talking alone doesn’t work, action will do
‘The walkout demonstrates #MeToo’s versatility, and its potential to mobilize women.’ Employees hold signs outside Google’s New York office as part of the global protest. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Reuters

It started in Tokyo. On Thursday, Google employees around the world stopped work at 11am local time, as part of a planned protest against the tech giant’s handling of sexual harassment complaints. The protests happened in waves, with workers walking out of their offices, carrying signs and chanting, as the clock struck 11 in Singapore, Hyderabad, Berlin, Dublin, and finally in New York and at Google’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California.

The walkouts were the culmination of months of employee discontent over immoral choices by Google leadership, including a project called , a prototype of a censored search engine that could be deployed in China, where the state restricts its people’s access to information, and , an artificial intelligence service developed for the US Department of Defense.

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