As the Winter Olympics get underway in Sochi, Google added its voice to the chorus of US companies speaking out against Russia’s law restricting gay-rights activities.
Google ransformed its homepage into a show of support for gay rights with a Google doodle depicting athletes against a rainbow-coloured backdrop.
Below the logo is a two-sentence section of the Olympic charter that begins: “The practice of sport is a human right.”
The updated logo appears on Google pages worldwide. Although Google usually updates its themed daily Doodles at midnight local time, the logo’s late afternoon debut means it will be seen in Russia on the day of the Olympics’ opening ceremony.
A Google representative had no comment, saying the company wants the Doodle to speak for itself.