After Google fired the engineer who authored the anti-diversity memo, CEO Sundar Pichai announced a meeting of all the employees set for Thursday. The tech giant abruptly canceled the town hall minutes before it was supposed to take place in the afternoon. The all-hands meeting to discuss gender, expression and other issues have reportedly been canceled as the company fears of online harassment. Also Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android usersAlso Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
According to Recode, Pichai called off the meeting after some employees reported incidents of being bullied online. Others feared public harassment if they ask questions in the town hall. The company invited questions for the discussion via an internal app called Dory. Unfortunately, the questions leaked and Pichai fearing the safety and concern of his employees canceled the meeting over email. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
Pichai was to address around 60,000 of Googlers today in the wake of engineer James Damore’s anti-diversity blog that brought the company under scan over the last weekend. In his 10-page blog, the engineer expressed many opinions on gender and diversity. He said women tend to find it difficult to have a successful career in the field of technology as compared to men at tech because of biological reasons. ALSO READ: Google, you have the responsibility of engaging with divergent views
On Monday, Damore was fired from his position at Google which made things tougher for the company. Days after the engineer was sacked, Pichai observed that on some websites, Googlers are now being named personally. Fearing for the employees, it dropped today’s Townhall and is said to create a better and secure platform for the discussion.
Read Pichai’s full email here:
TL;DR Sorry for the late notice but we are going to cancel today s Town Hall.
We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us together and move forward. But our Dory questions appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers are now being named personally. Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and worried they may be outed publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.
In recognition of Googlers concerns, we need to step back and create a better set of conditions for us to have the discussion. So in the coming days we will find several forums to gather and engage with Googlers, where people can feel comfortable to speak freely. We ll share details soon.
Over the past two days, I have had the chance to meet with so many people here, and I have read each of your emails carefully. The vast majority of you are very supportive of our decision. A smaller percentage of you wish we would do more. And some are worried that you cannot speak out at work freely. All of your voices and opinions matter … and I want to hear them.
In the meantime, let s not forget what unites us as a company our desire to build great products for everyone that make a big difference in their lives. I have been in a few product discussions today and felt energized by the important things we are working on. We can, and will continue, to come together to do the very best for the people we serve.