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Google cancels staff meeting to address diversity imbroglio

Google cancels staff meeting to address diversity imbroglio

After reportedly cancelling a town hall meeting to allay fears over an anti-diversity manifesto, Google's Indian-born CEO Sundar Pichai finally addressed a coding event for girls on the sprawling campus at Mountain View, California.

A white male reporter told a recently fired Google engineer that white men simply aren't "biologically suited to writing memos about diversity".

In an email to employees, Pichai said some questions that had been pre-submitted via Google's moderating software "appeared externally this afternoon and on some websites Googlers are now being named personally".

The implications of the memo, titled 'Google's Ideological Echo Chamber, ' have prompted responses from female leadership at the company, most notably the VP of Diversity Danielle Brown and YouTube's head Susan Wojcicki.

Confirming his dismissal at the time, Mr Damore said that he had been sacked for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" - causing a number of internet trolls to attach themselves to his sacking.

The meeting was cancelled after employees who had sent preliminary questions started getting harassed online. Apparently, the names of employees were getting published and the questions got leaked.

Dory is an internal Q&A tool that allows employees to ask questions before meetings, including all-hands meetings and town halls.

"I think the town hall wasn't a good idea to begin with, given that the Dory just invited more abuse", a Google employee told Gizmodo under the condition of anonymity. Conservative commentators such as former Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos - critical of Google's diversity efforts - have also circulated a graphic singling out several Google employees who are gay, lesbian or transgender.

In what we can only assume is great news for AltaVista and Ask Jeeves, anti-diversity advocates and the "PC culture-gone crazy" crowd have declared war on Google, attempting to organize a march on several of its business headquarters in the USA, scheduled to take place next week.

Damore claimed in a complaint filed on Monday to the National Labor Relations Board that he had been subject to "coercive statements" at Google. When we reached out to Google for comment, they directed us to the Recode article.

Google has been very clear that Mr Damore did not speak on its behalf but it has also faced criticism for firing him, with critics suggesting that the action went against the firm's principle of free speech.

Damore, whom the Times said had worked at Google's search group, is now planning to sue his former employer for wrongful termination.

"I am a moderately conservative Googler", one employee wrote, "and I am and have been scared to share my beliefs". The loud voice here is the liberal one.


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