Google Can­cels Staff Meet­ing over Fears of On­line Ha­rass­ment

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Al­pha­bet’s Google can­celled on Thurs­day a com­pany-wide meet­ing sched­uled to dis­cuss the con­tro­versy over a memo op­pos­ing di­ver­sity poli­cies, the com­pany said, cit­ing con­cerns about per­sonal at­tacks on em­ploy­ees from far-right com­men­ta­tors. The com­pany meet­ing was called to dis­cuss the fall­out of Google’s de­ci­sion on Mon­day to fire an en­gi­neer, James Damore, af­ter he posted a memo on Google’s in­ter­nal net­work ar­gu­ing that the com­pany’s dearth of fe­male en­gi­neers was be­cause women were ge­net­i­cally less well-suited to soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing than men. In an email seen by Reuters on Thurs­day, Google chief ex­ec­u­tive Sun­dar Pichai said some com­pany em­ploy­ees were be­ing named per­son­ally on web­sites in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent. “Googlers are writ­ing in, con­cerned about their safety and wor­ried they may be ‘outed’ pub­licly for ask­ing a ques­tion in the Town Hall,” Pichai wrote. “In recog­ni­tion of Googlers’ con­cerns, we need to step back and cre­ate a bet­ter set of con­di­tions for us to have the dis­cus­sion.” He said the com­pany was ex­plor­ing other fo­rums for the dis­cus­sion in the com­ing days.

Par­tic­i­pants hold up a Google ban­ner dur­ing Ber­lin’s an­nual Christo­pher Street Day gay pride pa­rade on July 22, 2017 — AFP

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