It’s Sunday in mid-October, and Donald Trump is making a rare appearance in California as 2020 prepares to consummate the election. As Trump’s motorcade arrives at a private fundraiser at tech mogul Palmer Luckey’s Newport Beach estate, Google tech moguls in Mountain View are “holding hands” in a virtual online prayer session with Ganesh, the Hindu god that removes obstacles.
In leaked audio of the Google Zoom meeting, CEO Sundar Pichai can be heard uttering the sacred sound “ooommmmmmm” as employees pray for Ganesh to remove Trump from office. The atmosphere is radically different from 2016, when panic and dismay overwhelmed the Googleplex.
“If this doesn’t work, we’re moving to China,” Pichai says.
He’s not the only one. The CEO’s of Facebook and Twitter have also said they will move to China if Donald Trump wins a second term in the White House.
“If Trump wins, our strategy of virtual voter suppression can’t work in America,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told employees in a private meeting this week. “But Sundar is paving the way in China with Dragonfly, and the Chinese people are eager to experience less suppression, which is exactly what we offer.”
Mark Zuckerberg denied that Facebook will move to China, but hinted that he may personally work from his estate in China if the OpenPower Foundation succeeds with enhanced surveillance and censorship.