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Google 'Almost Like a Cult', Says Engineer Fired Over Diversity Memo

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That logo emerged over the last few days and went viral on Reddit and Twitter for its implication that Google is an authoritarian regime that represses freedom of speech.

"Google's firing of James Damore is the flashpoint here", said the pro-Trump Posobiec, known for peddling conspiracy theories such as "Pizzagate".

The company meeting was called to discuss the fallout of Google's decision on Monday to fire an engineer, James Damore, after he posted a memo on Google's internal network arguing that the company's dearth of female engineers was because women were genetically less well-suited to software engineering than men.

He was sacked on Monday, and the situation quickly escalated. How did Google, the company that hires the smartest people in the world, become so ideologically driven and intolerant of scientific debate and reasoned argument?

"Upper management tried to placate this surge of outrage by shaming me and misrepresenting my document, but they couldn't really do otherwise: The mob would have set upon anyone who openly agreed with me or even tolerated my views", he wrote.

Much of the op-ed focuses on Damore's claim that he was the victim of a corporate "shaming".

Scandal in Silicon Valley. 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. Google and Outfront didn't immediately return requests for more information.

Damore concludes that "the viewpoint I was putting forward is generally suppressed at Google" but it was because of the "giant media controversy" that he was let go.

The memo sparked widespread rage and heated debate among employees from various companies including Google, Uber, Yahoo, Airbnb, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon. 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.

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

Google declined to comment on the planned protest.

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