Firing of James Damore, engineer behind contentious anti-diversity memo, triggers ire from alt-right reminiscent of 2014 Gamergate harassment campaign
Google offset a company-wide join on Thursday after several of its employees became objectives of a Gamergate-style campaign of harassment by internet trolls raged by the firing of an architect who had written a controversial memo about diversity.
We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we ever do to bring us together and move forward, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an email. But following the leak of proposed discussion questions, he pronounced Googlers, a call used internally to describe works, were being privately referred on websites.
Googlers are writing in, concerned about its security and perturbed they are able outed publicly for asking a few questions in the town hall, he said.
The town hall meeting had been scheduled to give Google works a chance to discuss the fallout from a document writes to software engineer James Damore that began running widely within the company last week, and was disclosed to the press over the weekend. The memo praised Googles diversity planneds, underlining the fact that the company was dogmatic of republican doctrines and that the vast gender imbalance at Google could be explained by biological differences between men and women.
Damore was fired Monday, after CEO Sundar Pichai called some of the memos materials contrary to our basic values and our code of conduct.
Damore and his memoranda have promptly become a cause celebre within numerous rightwing internet societies, including Breitbart News, alt-right Twitter and YouTube temperaments, Redditors, and disgraced onetime Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Breitbart has published a series of articles singling out individual Google works as social right soldiers, in a number of cases accompanied by screenshots of internal chit-chats about diversity.
The leak of screenshots to Breitbart been shown that at the least some current Google employees may be participating in awareness-raising campaigns.
The controversy marries twin preoccupations of the online title: the risk to free speech against republicans, and the perception that lily-white people are discriminated against by those seeking to promote historically disadvantaged groups. The loose organization of revolutionaries includes many of the forces that engaged in the Gamergate molestation expedition in 2014. Certainly, the Google memo is a major topic on the primary subReddit for Gamergaters, known as r/ KotakuInAction.
Alt-right internet personality Jack Posobiec announced plans to hold coordinated dissents at Google campuses around the country on 19 August. Meanwhile, Damore debuted a brand-new Twitter account and professional photographs of himself wearing a shirt with the slogan Goolag.