Mum’s the word: The Asia-Pacific Tipline for 16 October 2020

The New York Times published a story this week reporting that Google employees avoid discussing antitrust issues “at all costs”. Company employees have been outspoken about politically charged issues in the past, including potentially building a censored search engine in China to gain access to the world’s most populous market, the Times noted. But employees reportedly steer clear of antitrust and are reminded by the company that Google does not “crush”, “kill”, “hurt”, or “block” competition. Reports like this have surfaced before, but the Times said prospective executives should not even mention the word “antitrust” if they hope to secure a job at Google. The technology giant’s latest issue – a probe in Korea.

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