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Scoop: Google trims global policy staff

Nov 15, 2023
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Google has eliminated roles on its Government Affairs team as regulatory scrutiny over the tech giant is at an all-time high, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Tech firms have gone through tumultuous periods of growth and hiring followed by sharp downturns that result in lowering employee headcount.

  • In January, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced 12,000 employees would be laid off.

What they're saying: "We've made some internal changes to our Government Affairs organization to invest for the long-term," a Google spokesperson told Axios, adding that hundreds of employees will still be working on policy issues for the company.

  • "This will impact a small number of roles and we're supporting everyone through this transition."
  • Per a source familiar with the situation, about 20 positions are impacted.
  • People will be given chances to apply to different roles within the organization.
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