Big Tech companies are using the new Delta variant of COVID-19 to implement Orwellian policies for employees before they can go back to work.
Companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google are taking steps to force their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and some have extended their work-from-home periods. Big Tech can’t have people thinking and making decisions on their own, apparently. It’s a similar attitude to what they deploy against the users of their sites.
Twitter was already in the process of bringing employees back to the office. However, Reuters reported that Twitter “is shutting its reopened offices in [the] United States, while other big tech companies are making vaccination mandatory for on-campus employees, as the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 variant drives a resurgence in cases.”
Google and Facebook also reportedly made COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for employees: “Alphabet Inc's Google and Facebook Inc said on Wednesday all U.S. employees must get vaccinated to step into offices. Google is also planning to expand its vaccination drive to other regions in the coming months.”
Google even reportedly extended its work-from-home period. “Google also said on Wednesday it would extend its work-from-home policy through Oct. 18 due to a recent rise in cases caused by the Delta variant across different regions,” Reuters wrote.
The ride-sharing app Lyft has also reportedly made vaccinations mandatory for employees: “San Francisco-based ride-hailing company Lyft Inc, which had already made vaccinations mandatory for employees returning to the office, postponed its reopening to February from September.”
The move to require vaccinations by Big Tech companies is unsurprising, given the massive online censorship of content they deem to be misinformation. Facebook, for example, bragged that it “removed over 18 million instances of COVID-19 misinformation,” in a recent blog post. Twitter censored Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) after she supposedly shared “misleading information about the coronavirus.” Google-owned YouTube reportedly censored, but later reinstated, a video from an Illinois school board meeting where parents requested that masks be optional for their children.
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