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Tech Giant Google Axes Controversial Gay Conversion Therapy App

More than 140,000 people had signed a Change.org petition calling on Google to ban the app

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The Google name is displayed outside the company's office in London, Britain. VOA

Facing immense pressure from the LGBTQ civil rights advocacy groups, Google has removed a controversial app that advocated for gay conversion therapy.

The app was earlier removed by Apple, Amazon and Microsoft but it remained on Google’s Play Store.

The app called “Conversation therapy” came from a non-profit organisation Living Hope Ministries which “proclaims a Christ-centred, Biblical world-view of sexual expression rooted in one man and one woman in a committed, monogamous, heterosexual marriage for life because anything less than this ideal falls short of God’s best for humanity”.

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In a statement to Axios late Friday, Google said that after consulting with outside advocacy groups and reviewing its policies, it decided to remove the app from the Play Store.

More than 140,000 people had signed a Change.org petition calling on Google to ban the app.

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The US-based LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group — Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation — had suspended Google from its 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for failing to remove the app. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Google Adds ‘Key Moments for Videos’ in Search Section

Soon, one would be able to find these key moments from video publishers around the world, such as CBS Sports and NDTV, as they add markup to their videos, and the company is looking forward to more creators adopting this helpful new feature

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

US based search engine giant Google has added ‘key moments for videos’ in search, to highlight the most relevant parts of longer videos, based on timestamps provided by the video creators.

With the new feature, users will be able to find key moments within the video that have multiple steps, long speeches or documentaries.

This video indexing would initially be available only for English searches involving YouTube videos.

“Starting today you can find key moments within videos and get to the information you are looking for faster, with help from content creators. When you search for things like how-to videos that have multiple steps, or long videos like speeches or a documentary, Search will provide links to key moments within the video, based on timestamps provided by content creators,” Prashant Baheti, Google Search product manager, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

“You will be able to easily scan to see whether a video has what you’re looking for, and find the relevant section of the content. For people who use screen readers, this change also makes video content more accessible,” Prashant added.

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Soon, one would be able to find these key moments from video publishers around the world, such as CBS Sports and NDTV, as they add markup to their videos, and the company is looking forward to more creators adopting this helpful new feature. (IANS)