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    White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, left, arrives with Google CEO Sundar Pichai for a round table discussion at El Centro College in Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

    Netizens Split as Google Teams Up With Ivanka Trump to 'Support American Workers'

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    On Thursday 3 October, US first daughter Ivanka Trump met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to announce a new job training initiative that could potentially benefit US workers.

    Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai introduced a new tech job training initiative during a roundtable event in Dallas this Thursday while appearing alongside the US president’s daughter Ivanka Trump. The US first daughter strongly backed the White House-initiated programme “Pledge to America’s Workers” that would potentially help US employers expand education opportunities available to their personnel. Pichai said that, as a part of the commitment, Google would provide 250,000 training opportunities for Americans in the technology sector over the next five years.

    Google has already been a part of national skills training program called "Grow with Google" that provides free resources to learn different online skills and had previously signed the "America's Workers" pledge through its Internet Association. Thursday's announcement only strengthened the company's commitment to the US job market and confirmed its collaboration with Trump.

    "We need to fundamentally change how we think about learning and education in this country ... and celebrate the many pathways to career success that exist today," Trump said during a roundtable, noting that the initiative will help attract young workers to the market and help retrain workers for new careers.

    As Google is currently facing a state-led antitrust probe from 50 US attorney generals following accusations of monopolising the Internet and criticism over its support for bill S386 which aims to eliminate per-country numerical quotas for employment-based immigrants, reactions to the news of the initiative and collaboration with Trump were dubious.

    Some comments, however, concentrated on Ivanka Trump’s participation in the White House initiative rather than on Google’s alleged hypocrisy, while arguing that the US first daughter’s background may not have equipped her to be the best person to try to revitalise the US job market.  

    In September 2019 Google reached an agreement with the US government over the “Street View” scandal where the technology company was accused of using its mapping project to vacuum emails, passwords and other sensitive personal data from unencrypted WiFi networks. The company was eventually obliged to pay around $13 million in damages to affected individuals and institutions.

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