Google CEO Sundar Pichai says employee protests against the company’s work with US military had little impact on management: ‘We don’t run the company by referendum’ (GOOG, GOOGL)

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    At a tech gathering in San Francisco on Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai remarked on an internal protest that rattled the company earlier this year.
    The protest stemmed from opposition over the company’s work on a military project.
    Pichai downplayed the influence those demonstrations had on management decisions.
    He also said Google will work with the US armed forces in the future and “greatly respects what they do to protect our country.”

    Thousands of Google employees participated in an internal protest against the company’s participation in a high-tech military project earlier this year, but the unprecedented revolt at the company had little influence on management’s decision-making, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.

    At a gathering to celebrate Wired magazine’s 25th anniversary, Pichai was asked whether Google’s employees had anything to do with the company’s announcement last week that it will not compete for a much sought-after $10 billion cloud-computing contract offered by the Pentagon.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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