Google bans politics, aka embarrassing stuff that gets leaked, from internal message boards | 8/23/2019 | Staff
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Google may be lax in policing policy violating videos on YouTube, but at least it's adding oversight where it's needed – to mute overly opinionated employees.

The ad biz, having weathered employee walkouts over payouts to execs accused of sexual harassment, protests over a censor-friendly search engine for China and US military contracts, and other employee-driven clashes, has issued Community Guidelines directing workers to avoid contentious discussions in the workplace.

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CEO Sundar Pichai is said to have announced the conversational guardrails, which are distinct from the company's Code of Conduct, in an email to employees on Thursday. According to Bloomberg, Google is also building a tool to allow employees to flag disruptive posts and creating a group of internal communication moderators to oversee internal forums and mailing lists.

"Community guidelines exist to support the healthy and open discussion that has always been a part of our culture," a company spokesperson said in an email to The Register. "They help create an environment where we can come together as a community in pursuit of our shared mission and serve our users."

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"Working at Google comes with tremendous responsibility," Google's spokesperson said. "Billions of people rely on us...
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