Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday denounced the recent
violence by extremists in both Charlottesville and
Barcelona, calling the incidents in both cities “terrorism
[that] is designed to divide us.”
“Terrorism is terrorism and it takes many forms,”
Pichai said in an email sent to employees, which he also
posted on Twitter.
Pichai sent the letter in response to Thursday’s deadly
van attack in Barcelona and
in Charlottesville on Saturday that left one woman dead
after she was allegedly run over by a white supremacist.
In his letter to employees, Pichai noted that the last week has
been “intense” for Google. The company has been dealing with a
firestorm over James Damore, the engineer it fired after he wrote
a manifesto that suggested that women are less suited for jobs in
technology because of biological differences.
But that controversy “pales in comparison” to the terrorism
incidents, Pichai wrote. The attacks “show the devastating
and heartbreaking consequences of hatred, violence, and
extremism,” he said.
Following the attacks in Barcelona, Google’s local security team
there confirmed that all employees in the city were safe,
Pichai’s note follows those of
Apple CEO Tim Cook and
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, both of whom denounced the
violence in Charlottesville in internal e-mails to
employees. Cook, who took particular aim at President Donald
Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville, promised
to donate $1 million each to two civil rights groups.
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