Search engine giant, Google has created a total of $4m crisis fund (2m from the company and another $2m in donations from employees) following US President Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from seven Muslim-dominated countries.
The crisis fund is for four organisations: the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Accordong to CNBC, Google’s executives donated money separately to the organisations.
The campaign is Google’s largest crisis campaign ever, and was disclosed in a memo sent by Sundar Pichai, the company’s chief executive officer. The grant came a day after Sundar Pichai condemned Trump’s immigration ban.
In the memo sent to the staff, Pichai noted the move affects as many as 187 employees of the company.
According to Google: “We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US?.”
We’ll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere.
Also executives at Microsoft, Apple, Netflix, Airbnb, Uber and Tesla Motors have also criticised the Trump order.
Companies like Airbnb has announced that it would find temporary places for people affected by the travel ban. While the housing is available for those affected by the Trump order, Airbnb said its focus is on people trying to travel to the US and are stranded.
Google is an American multinational technology company founded on the 4th of September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D students at Stanford University. The company specializes in Internet-related services and products such as online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software. Most of the company’s profits are derived from AdWords, an online advertising service that places advertising near the list of search results. Google’s headquarters is in Mountain View, California, the “Googleplex”.