There seems to be some kind of rumour going around that 13-year old Canadian-Indian boy Tanmay Bakshi was hired by Google. If you do a Google search for "tanmay bakshi google" you get lots of hits with titles that suggest that he was hired by Google (and sometimes with a specified annual salary).
These are some examples of sites that claim this story is real:
- This YouTube video of an Australian TV interview
- This question on Quora
- Some site called My come up world
- This post on Steemit.com
- Some blog called Mommie Says So
Tanmay is no doubt a very talented boy, that's not what I'm questioning. My first thought was "isn't child labour illegal?", so I tried to find a credible source. I couldn't, as they all seem to be either random blogs or Youtube videos of some interview where Google is not even mentioned once, with wildly misleading titles. Most of the "sources" seem to be either Indian websites or in other ways Indian-related (such as Indian commenters on Quora).
There is a Tweet by Tanmay himself, denying the rumour. This seems to be the only denial of the rumour I can find, and of course it can't be ruled out that he was indeed hired by Google after this Tweet.
So I'm thinking it's just a made up story, but I can't really figure out why and where it originated. Is there any truth to it?