Google Cancels Town Hall Meeting Due To Safety Concerns Over Diversity Kerfuffle

Google Cancels Town Hall Meeting Due To Safety Concerns Over Diversity Kerfuffle

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai called for the August 10 town hall to be able to address the damaging fallout of James Damore's internal memo entitled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber".

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google has abruptly canceled a company-wide meeting, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, that was meant to address employee questions about the company's diversity policies.

"The engineer's MANifesto also slams Google for not being a friendly place for conservatives, which is odd since conservatives spend a good bit of their time mocking the idea of safe spaces", Huppke writes.

Pichai while revealing why the meeting was canceled said in an email to staff that several Google employees became fearful for their safety and grew concerned about being ousted for speaking up at the town hall.

Pichai spoke at an event honoring teams of girls and young women who competed in a Technovation challenge to create apps that address world issues like health and poverty.

According to the memo, the author made claims about the gender disparity in Google's employees as a result of differences between men and women.

James Damore is the 28-year-old Harvard-educated engineer who was sacked from Google this week over a memo he wrote. The alt-right and far right are defending Damore as outing what they see as politically correct group think in Silicon Valley. That alone doesn't disqualify Pichai for a CEO role, but his rank dishonesty and lack of ethics should, especially in the communications industry.

Terming the situation a "very hard time", Pichai said suggestions that a group of people have traits that make them "less biologically suited" to work is "offensive and not OK".

Most of the mainstream media refer to the former Google engineer's leaked internal memo as the "anti-diversity memo". "We'll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul". Of course, Google can take any political positions it likes.

One post showed him standing outside Google's Mountain View campus holding a sign that reads "fired for truth". The protest's organizers say they are reaching out to Damore to speak.

Ultimately, he writes, "we should be optimizing for Google".

US lawmakers in Congress have also urged Google and the whole tech industry to take a hard look at their diversity and inclusion policies, noting they could do better to bring more women and minority representation into the mix.

Motherboard first reported on the existence of the document last week, but now Gizmodo has managed to access the entire contents of the file, which is reportedly a male Google employee's thoughts about the tech giant's policies on recruiting and treatment of female employees.

In the controversial 3,000 word memo written by Damore, the 28-year-old engineer blamed the gender pay gap in the tech industry on biological differences between men and women.

  • Terrell Bush