The software engineer who was sacked from Google for circulating a good-faith argument about diversity published a column in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Aug. 10, likening the tech giant's workplace culture to a cult where free speech is stifled and violators are punished. Then, Damore created a companywide discussion group for the document. But on external websites, some Google employees who had spoken out against Damore's memo were being harassed. In the days since his firing, Damore chose to give his first major interviews to two right-wing YouTube personalities: Stefan Molyneux, and Jordan B. Peterson.
"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". It began last weekend after engineer James Damore circulated a memo that claimed biological gender differences helped explain why women are underrepresented at the company.
Damore argued that this created an environment where only certain opinions could be voiced and slammed the tech giant in its attempt to "silence open and honest discussion".
Pichai said in an email to staff that several Google employees became fearful for their safety and grew concerned about being outed for speaking up at the town hall.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has canceled an internal town hall meant to address gender discrimination after employee questions for management began to leak online. Later that night, Pichai made a public appearance at an event near Google's campus focused on young girls in tech.
The U.S. far right plans to take its dispute with Google to the company's doorsteps, with a nationwide "March on Google" set to take place this month.
Employees across Silicon Valley are deeply divided about Google's move, according to a survey conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday by Blind, an anonymous corporate chat app.
In an essay published in The Wall Street Journal on Friday, Mr. Damore said "there was no outcry or charge of misogyny" when he shared the memo initially.
David Brooks, the New York Times' conservative columnist, called for Pichai to resign. "We are at a moment when mobs on the left and the right ignore evidence and destroy scapegoats". Even if it were true that women were nothing more than the stereotype of being people persons, companies need these skills to balance other male skills when developing products and services. For years, Sandberg has been conveying - in her books and even in an worldwide forum like the World Economic Forum - that people need to go beyond gender stereotypes.