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Fir­ing cre­ates con­ser­va­tive back­lash on so­cial

me­dia. Google trig­gered a so­cial-me­dia back­lash with the fir­ing of an em­ployee who had blasted the com­pany’s di­ver­sity poli­cies, fu­el­ing ten­sion over an is­sue roil­ing Sil­i­con Val­ley.

Some right-wing web­sites li­on­ized James Damore and ac­cused the com­pany of cen­sor­ing con­ser­va­tive views. Fir­ing the en­gi­neer could be seen as con­firm­ing some of the claims in the memo it­self — that the com­pany’s culture makes no room for dis­sent­ing po­lit­i­cal opin­ions.

One meme do­ing the rounds on­line re­worked Google’s fa­mous logo to read “Goolag,” a ref­er­ence to Soviet-era, forced-la­bor Gu­lag camps. Bre­it­bart ac­com­pa­nied a news ar­ti­cle of his dis­missal with a pho­to­graph of a woman wear­ing a gag with the word “Si­lenced” writ­ten on it. Eric We­in­stein, who runs Peter Thiel’s in­vest­ment firm, tweeted that Google should stop teach­ing girls that their “path to fi­nan­cial free­dom lies not in cod­ing but in com­plain­ing to HR.”

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