According to the AXIOS report, Alphabet’s Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has recently been suspended from this year’s Corporate Equality Index by Human Rights Campaign, which is the largest U.S. LGBTQ group. The reason behind this is that Google has failed to remove an app that can provide so-called “conversion therapy” to alter a gay person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
HRC’s annual rankings are often touted by tech companies and have served as a valuable recruiting tool. A record 570 companies received the top 100-point rating this year. It is reported that Google has scored highly on it in the past, getting a 100% rating on issues including prohibiting discrimination in 2018. But this time the company has lost the LGBTQ Rights Group’s endorsement and it is 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.
The group also said that the program has already been removed from app stores run by Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc., while Google refused to do so. “Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades. “Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide. Pending remedial steps by the company to address this app that can cause harm to the LGBTQ community the CEI rating is suspended.”