Google deluded, says ex-boss
A FORMER Google boss has launched a withering attack on the company, calling it deluded.
Jessica Powell said she had become tired of defending the search engine company in her role as its PR chief.
“This is an industry that takes itself far too seriously, and its own responsibility not seriously enough,” she said.
“I want Silicon Valley to end the self-delusion and either fess up to the reality we are creating, or live up to the vision we market to the world each day,” Ms Powell said.
“Because if you’re going to tell people you’re their saviour, you better be ready to be held to a higher standard.”
Ms Powell, 40, launched her searing criticism in an essay on website Medium and a satirical novel, The Big Disruption, both published last week.
Her decision to quit last Au- gust surprised many in the industry. She says she needed “a break from the issues that I got tired of defending at parties”.
She said: “We go about saying that we’re building these amazing things and doing great things for the world but we’re also causing a lot of serious problems.
“It’s very easy to forget that that’s electoral interference, that’s live-streamed suicides, that’s Myanmar. It’s really horrific stuff.’’