Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Fired engineer James Damore: Google is 'almost like a cult' (GOOG)

Fired engineer James Damore: Google is 'almost like a cult' (GOOG)

Google is dealing with a big controversy, after firing an engineer who wrote a contentious memo. The memo went viral after being posted on an internal network and sparked outrage from some Google employees.

In the 10-page, 3,300-word manifesto, the 28-year-old argues that a gender gap at Google exists not exclusively because of sexism, but in part because of "biological" differences between men and women.

As controversy continues to swirl around James Damore, the Google engineer who was sacked after writing a memo about gender diversity at the company, the longtime New York Times columnist David Brooks has placed blame squarely on the shoulders of Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

He was sacked on Monday, and the situation quickly escalated. "I think what's really inspiring is they did this on their own - basically", Johnson added.

In the article, Damore explained why Google felt the need to fire him, and compared the company to a cult.

The way Damore expressed his opinions and pushed discriminatory conclusions runs counter to a free idea exchange. He wrote that public shaming serves as a warning that punishment awaits those who don't conform to the ideological beliefs of the majority.

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"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, ' he wrote".

Last year, a Google security official sent a companywide email imploring employees not to leak information. "Google had to solve the problem caused by my supposedly sexist, anti-diversity manifesto".

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".

"It saddens me to leave Google and to see the company silence open and honest discussion", he concluded.

Damore's Twitter account has nearly 60,000 followers despite starting days ago. In addition to the WSJ, he has given interviews to Bloomberg, spoken at length with two YouTube personalities popular with alt-right and right-wing audiences, Stefan Molyneux and Jordan B. Peterson, and he did a photoshoot with alt-right photographer Peter Duke.

Google declined to comment on the planned protest.

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