Google CEO's Speech Was Canceled Due To Online Harassment Threats

Google CEO's Speech Was Canceled Due To Online Harassment Threats

Damore was sacked days after the memo went viral online.

"An engineer fired for simply expressing an opinion that ran counter to Google's politically-charged atmosphere of an "Ideological Echo Chamber" as (Damore) put it".

In an op-ed published on Friday in the Wall Street Journal, Damore wrote that he first circulated his lengthy memo to some people at Google about a month ago.

Damore's views came after Google's Indian-born CEO Sundar Pichai addressed a coding event for girls on the sprawling campus at Mountain View, California, after the manifesto claimed that "the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes".

Damore has since been fired from Google. Having these views challenged can be painful, so we tend to avoid people with differing values and to associate with those who share our values. "Public shaming serves not only to display the virtue of those doing the shaming but also warns others that the same punishment awaits them if they don't conform", Damore wrote. "For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, nearly "like a cult" with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of "Don't be evil", the former-Google employee wrote.

Damore said that he was largely ignored when the memo was circulating within the company, but when it went viral, those who disagreed with the content sent angry emails to the human resources department demanding that he be censored and punished.

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The town hall was meant to hear out employee grievances over a flare-up that has consumed Google for much of the week.

Damore, who has emerged as a hero of conservative media, stands by his memo, saying he considered it a "reasoned, well-researched, good-faith argument". Introduced as evidence in a lawsuit brought by a former employee alleging that Google's confidentiality agreements were illegal, the email was telling because it highlighted the importance of open discussion at the company as well as its potential perils.

Damore's Twitter account has nearly 60,000 followers despite starting days ago.

Damore's op-ed follows interviews he gave earlier this week with Bloomberg News, as well as an independent broadcaster on YouTube.

Google's internal "Dory" system allows employees to ask questions and then vote on questions posed by other employees so managers can address the most pressing ones.

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