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YouTube HQ shooting: Top tech CEOs express support and call for gun control in the US

As YouTube turns victim of gun violence, tech CEOs rally in support of gun control measures.

  • Published: April 4, 2018 9:07 AM IST
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YouTube and its California headquarters became the latest victim of gun violence in the United States. Four people were reportedly injured, and one killed after a shooter opened fire at YouTube‘s headquarters in San Bruno, California. According to NYT, the California police confirmed the shooter to be a woman, who died for a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

This is the second major such incident in the US after a gunman went on a shooting spree to kill 17, and injure another 17 students at Parkland, Florida’s Stoneman Douglas High School. The incident led to a mass rallies across the States requesting US regulators to bring tighter gun control. Today’s gunfire at YouTube headquarters shows that it is not just students, but also the tech workers who are under threat from gun violence.

Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, which owns YouTube, said in a statement that the company was doing everything to support its employees and the YouTube community.

While the motive of the suspect in today’s incident remains unclear, there is now an unified call for gun control from major tech CEOs. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey made a strong call for gun control along with link to March for Our Lives movement website. “We can’t keep being reactive to this, thinking and praying it won’t happen again at our schools, jobs, or our community spots,” he wrote. “It’s beyond time to evolve our policies,” he said in his tweet.

As with any major news these days, the YouTube shooting incident led to spread of false information on major social media platforms. Dorsey tweeted that the company is tracking, learning and taking action against the spread of misinformation. Dara Khosrowshahi, the new chief of ride-hailing startup Uber, also expressed his support to tech workers at YouTube and Google, and made a plea to end gun violence. Since taking over from Travis Kalanick, Khowsrowshahi has championed social causes and was one of the first to raise voice against travel ban imposed by Trump administration.

There also messages of support from Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos but they missed out on calling for a stronger gun control reform. Chad Hurley, the former CEO of YouTube, posted that he is praying for his friends at YouTube.

President Donald Trump also tweeted support for the victims, and appreciated the work of first responders and law enforcement offices. However, he didn’t speak about his stance on gun control law and whether he will sign new amendments to protect his fellow citizens in the wake of new gun violence killing students and tech workers in a span of just two months.

  • Published Date: April 4, 2018 9:07 AM IST