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Google CEO Cancels Gender Controversy Meeting After Online Harassment Concerns
By Mikelle Leow, 11 Aug 2017
Composite image by DesignTAXI. Google logo via Wikimedia Commons, background image via Wikimedia Commons
Following the diversity firestorm that encircled Google the past week, CEO Sundar Pichai called for a town hall meeting to discuss James Damore’s controversial memo and his subsequent firing.
Pichai, however, soon canceled the gathering, as employees reportedly communicated fears of being targeted by online harassers.
In an email to employees, Pichai wrote, “We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us together and move forward. But our Dory questions appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers are now being named personally. Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.”
“The vast majority of you are very supportive of our decision. A smaller percentage of you wish we would do more. And some are worried that you cannot speak out at work freely. All of your voices and opinions matter… and I want to hear them.”
[via TechCrunch and Recode, cover image via various sources]
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