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Google to stream Republican convention, undeterred by Trump critics

The search giant will reportedly provide its services, as planned, despite protesters who say that amounts to tacit support for Donald Trump and his inflammatory rhetoric.

Google is set to live stream the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
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Google reportedly confirmed this week that it will not back out as the official live-stream provider for the 2016 Republican National Convention in the face of protests demanding it do so as a stand against candidate Donald Trump's inflammatory speech.

Google told Politico that it will provide convention services, as planned, despite demonstrations from critics who say working the convention is essentially a show of support for Trump and his rhetoric, which some deem as racist, sexist and xenophobic. The company will continue to provide the live stream, in addition to other services, as it did for the Democratic and Republican conventions in 2012 and for both parties' presidential debates earlier this year, Politico said.

A plane trailing a #dumptrump banner and a dozen or so demonstrators gathered outside Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on Thursday to deliver a petition with a half-million signatures, the latest in a trend of activist demands for corporations to think twice about sponsoring the RNC this year.

Google did not respond to a request for comment.