Concretely, some workers had sent notices in the days prior to the event saying they feared for their online safety, given that some insiders had started leaking personal information to internet hubs that aligned with the views of former software engineer James Damore.
"We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us together and move forward", Pichai wrote to employees. Or that a combination of the factors I describe at the top of this post has created an excessive male skew in technological employment at Google and other tech firms, even if ideal personnel practices would not eliminate the skew entirely?
On Thursday, the highest-ranking question on Dory, a system for Google staff to vote on questions, was from an employee who was anxious they would be harassed or threatened if their opinion was leaked to outsiders.
Damore, who criticized in his memo "Google's left bias" and "ideological echo chamber", has since become a hero to some on the far right, who have attacked what they characterize as politically correct groupthink in Silicon Valley.
Gould said Damore would have a tough time arguing his firing violated his right to free speech.
Google was reportedly scheduled to hold a company-wide town hall meeting today to address the controversy surrounding the anti-diversity manifesto that went viral within the company.
James Damore, who until Monday worked as an engineer on video and image search at Alphabet Inc's Mountain View, California, headquarters, said he initially shared the 3,300-word memo internally a month ago.
Ironically, then, Google has also been backing efforts to protect websites like Backpage, a classified ad site commonly used by human traffickers to sell sexual encounters with children. "Because start-ups like Google have lots of message boards and employer sponsored forums for employees to discuss work issues (i.e. Employee Resource Groups), Google will have challenges establishing a policy violation", Sharpe says. A smaller percentage of you wish we would do more.
On Wednesday night, Damore told Bloomberg TV: "The whole point of my memo was to improve Google and Google's culture and they just punished me and shamed me for doing it", he said.
In the meantime, let's not forget what unites us as a company- our desire to build great products for everyone that make a big difference in their lives.
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