Google lost an endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. LGBTQ group, over an app tied to the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” to change a gay person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which had previously scored a perfect 100 on the annual Corporate Equality Index, will have its rating withheld until the app is removed from its Android phones, Human Rights Campaign said in a statement. It’s only the third time in the 17-year history of the index that a rating has been withheld.
“We have been urging Google to remove this app because it is life-threatening to LGBTQ youth and also clearly violates the company’s own standards,” the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement.
Truth Wins Out has already forced the app’s removal from app stores operated by Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft.
Google, which had previously scored a perfect 100 on the annual Corporate Equality Index, will have its rating withheld until a “conversion therapy” app is removed from its Android phones, @HRC says https://t.co/QJhqepC1Dm pic.twitter.com/mqG3B0RX61
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