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Tech Giant Google Dropped From LGBT Equality Index

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An anti-LGBTQ app on the PlayStore that influences a person’s sexual orientation using psychological or spiritual interventions has raised questions about Google’s corporate equality ideals leading to the search engine’s suspension from the CEI rating.

The app “Conversation therapy” originates 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”.

US-based LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group — Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation — has suspended Google from its 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for failing to remove the app from PlayStore, USA Today reported on Thursday.

The CEI is a report published by the HRC Foundation as a tool to rate American businesses on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employees, consumers and investors.

“Pending remedial steps by the company to address this app that can cause harm to the LGBTQ community, the CEI rating is suspended,” the report noted.

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Thai LGBT community participates in Gay Freedom Day Parade in Bangkok, Thailand. VOA

“Conversation therapy” is a practice that is used to influence a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity using psychological or spiritual interventions.

Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft have removed the app from their platforms and currently, petition-filing platform Change.org has collected over 1,40,000 signatures for removal of this app from PlayStore.

Google’s suspension from the CEI comes as a shock especially because the company has been known to support the LGBTQ community.

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In 2018, Google scored a full 100 per cent on the CEI report.

Google has not yet commented on the matter. (IANS)

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Latest Google Chrome 79 Update Halts After Users Report Loss of Data

While Google has paused the update, the tech giant has confirmed that approximately 50 per cent of users are already on Chrome 79

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Additionally, in a bug report filed last week, Google developers confirmed that they forget to move the contents of localStorage or WebSQL into the new Chrome 79 directory. Pixabay

Google has halted the roll out of latest version of Chrome after a bug wiped data in select applications that use Android’s WebView feature.

According to AndroidPolice, WebView is responsible for rendering web pages inside applications. This feature is used by several third-party applications to open a page. However, Google Chrome loads the content in this case. Some apps that use WebView functionality are Twitter Lite and PhoneGap.

While Google has paused the update, the tech giant has confirmed that approximately 50 per cent of users are already on Chrome 79.

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Google has halted the roll out of latest version of Chrome after a bug wiped data in select applications that use Android’s WebView feature. Pixabay

A Chromium engineer took to Google threads to issue a public statement. He wrote, “We are currently discussing the correct strategy for resolving this issue which will be one of: a) continue the migration, moving the missed files into their new locations. b) revert the change by moving migrated files to their old locations. We will let you know which of these two options have been chosen soon.”

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Additionally, in a bug report filed last week, Google developers confirmed that they forget to move the contents of localStorage or WebSQL into the new Chrome 79 directory. (IANS)