Google workers have raised $200,000 (£156,850) to cover wages lost by fellow employees should they strike over plans to launch a Chinese search engine that complies with Beijing’s harsh surveillance requirements.
The walkout threat comes days before chief executive Sundar Pichai is set to testify in Congress amid intensifying scrutiny over Google’s vast power. The Senate theatrically placed an empty chair to signify its absence at a “fake news” hearing last month attended by Facebook and Twitter executives. Google declined an invitation.
Pichai is expected to testify to the House committee probing whether Google allows political bias to shade search results. The growing revolt within its ranks and its plan to break into China are likely to feature heavily.
Liz Fong Jones, a Google engineer,…