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Fired Google Engineer: Tech Company Is 'Like a Cult'

Fired Google Engineer: Tech Company Is 'Like a Cult'

("Now, as then, government pressure on employers to ban speech consists less of direct you-must-ban mandates and more of litigation incentives whose contours are not explicitly announced.") And since you can read that piece here, I won't retrace the ground it covers. The memo leaked out and led to a barrage of criticism channelled towards Google's management.

Google has prided itself on its openness. How long will it be before Google begins to impose its ideological dictates on its users as well as its employees, and what precisely would stop them from doing so? I've already had my say in Wednesday's USA Today on how existing federal law would have helped shape Google's incentives in handling that furor.

Sundar Pichai, the company's chief executive officer stated that the letter went against some of Google's code of conduct of conduct.

Damore asserts that he was "fired for telling the truth" - a point he reinforced with his recently opened Twitter account @fired4truth.

Damore argued that this created an environment where only certain opinions could be voiced.

It's that economic, cultural, and political disconnect that fueled populism on the Right, on which Donald Trump capitalized by acknowledging and legitimizing it. Republicans took this as a culture-war opportunity, but they're missing a large part of the problem by overlooking Main Street economics.

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He was sacked on Monday, and the situation quickly escalated.

Now if only Google could get its own employees to be as careful about not spilling confidential information about co-workers to parties on the outside.

Meanwhile, Damore's memo appears to have fuelled the internal strife among Google's female employees.

"Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and anxious they may be "outed" publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall", Pichai wrote. Pichai's email was sent about an hour before the event was to start Thursday afternoon.

"In recognition of Googlers" concerns, we need to step back and create a better set of conditions for us to have the discussion'. The memo sparked a heated debate; however, the firing of Damore for voicing his thoughts on the issue may have ignited an even bigger one. Many Google employees recoiled at the document after he shared it more widely last week. Rather than pick up the thread of his objections to the gender diversity policies within Google, Damore focuses on the second main argument of his thesis, which dealt with Google's inflexibility on intellectual diversity.

"More than 60 current and former Google employees are considering bringing a class-action lawsuit alleging sexism and pay disparities against women, as the technology giant wrestles with a deepening crisis over alleged discrimination", said the report.


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