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Google joins Microsoft and Facebook in freezing all political contributions following the Capitol siege

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 11 Jan 2021


<p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/5fb865d750e71a0011556a56-2190/Alphabet &amp; Google CEO Sundar Pichai.jpg" border="0" alt="Alphabet &amp; Google CEO Sundar Pichai" data-mce-source="Justin Sullivan/Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during Google I/O 2016"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Google is joining other major companies in halting political contributions after a pro-Trump mob violently stormed the US Capitol building.&nbsp;</p><p>Google joins <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-to-halt-all-political-donations-after-capitol-siege-2021-1">Microsoft</a> and <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-pauses-all-political-donations-after-capitol-siege-2021-1">Facebook</a>, who also announced on Monday they would halt all political donations and would reassess contributions. The suspensions come within a week of a mob breaking into the US Capitol building, causing violence that led to at least five deaths and dozens of arrests.&nbsp;</p><p>"We have frozen all NetPAC political contributions while we review and reassess its policies following last week's deeply troubling events," Jose Castaneda, Google spokesperson, told Insider.</p><p><em><strong>Read more:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/google-monitoring-staff-emails-for-disruptive-language-2021-1'r=aa-sub" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100">Google is reportedly monitoring staff emails for 'disruptive' language after 400 employees set up a union</a></em></p><p>Marriott, Morgan Stanley, and Dow announced they would <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/marriott-suspends-donations-gop-lawmakers-objected-biden-win-2021-1">stop all donations to Republican lawmakers</a> that objected to Joe Biden's certification as president. The riot occurred on the day Congress counted electoral votes to <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/republicans-objecting-to-electoral-votes-in-congress-live-updates-2021-1">certify Biden's victory</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Twitter responded by <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-suspended-president-donald-trumps-account-permanently-2021-1">booting</a> President Donald Trump from the platform permanently after he posted a video telling rioters he "loved" them. Facebook suspended Trump's account indefinitely, and YouTube removed the video.&nbsp;</p><p>Large company CEOs condemned the siege at the Capitol building in external and internal memos.&nbsp;</p><p>"Holding free and safe elections and resolving our differences peacefully are foundational to the functioning of democracy," Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/leaked-memo-google-ceo-calls-capitol-violence-antithesis-democracy-2021-1">memo to employees</a>. "The United States has a long and proud history of doing this. The lawlessness and violence occurring on Capitol Hill today is the antithesis of democracy and we strongly condemn it."</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-to-halt-all-political-donations-after-capitol-siege-2021-1" >Microsoft says it's halting all political donations until after it assesses the 'implications of last week's events'</a></strong></p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/google-freezes-all-political-contributions-following-capitol-siege-2021-1#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/racist-origins-marijuana-prohibition-legalization-2018-2">The racist origins of marijuana prohibition</a></p>
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