Google Doodle Controversy: Like many, you probably use Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) in one way or the next on a regular basis. For this reason, you may have come across a doodle of Cesar Chavez at the top of its search engine on Easter Sunday. As you can imagine, this decision angered quite a few people.
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In fact, Fox News is reporting that this decision has led to many “angry web surfers vowing to switch to Bing over what they see as a snub of Jesus on the day Christians mark his resurrection.”
While everybody has the right to his or her opinion, the search engine giant has defended the decision. The company stated that it has never honored Jesus on Easter or Christmas in the past.
This decision turned into such a big deal that many began to wonder if it was an April Fool’s Day joke.
For example, Fox News contributor Dana Perino tweeted the following:
“I thought the Chavez-google thing was a hoax or an early April Fool’s Day prank, are they just going to leave that up there all day?”
Now that we have this out of the way, it is important to take note of how other search engine companies celebrated the holiday. Microsoft and its Bing search engine, for example, added nothing more than Easter eggs to its search page.
The Fox News article goes on to quote a Google spokesperson, as told to the Washington Post:
“We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it’s difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site. Sometimes for a given date, we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven’t in the past.”
It will be interesting to see if anything more comes from this story.
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