10 August 2017

Google cancels diversity meeting because of alt-right trolling

Even Google's not safe from alt-right trolls.
Even Google’s not safe from alt-right trolls.

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Google has reportedly canceled its company-wide meeting meant to address the ongoing controversy caused by the anti-diversity “manifesto” written by a former engineer. 

The meeting was canceled due to safety concerns, after several employees’ names were published in online forums, according to Recode.

In an email sent to Google employees Thursday, CEO Sundar Pichai said they had made the decision to cancel the meeting because staffers were “concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.”

Prior to the scheduled town hall meeting, employees had been submitting and and voting on questions they wanted Pichai to address. But many of those questions — and the names of the people who asked them — reportedly leaked out onto “a variety of largely alt-right sites,” according to Recode

Pichai said the company is working on a way to “step back and create a better set of conditions for us to have the discussion” promising “several forums … where people can feel comfortable to speak freely,” but didn’t provide details.

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