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.”