August 7, 2017

MOTHERBOARD: Internal Reactions to Google Employee’s Manifesto Show Anti-Diversity Views Have Support.

Saturday morning, we reported the existence of an anti-diversity manifesto written by a Google software engineer that was shared widely within the company. This afternoon, Gizmodo published the full text of the document, which argues that Google’s gender disparities can be explained by biological differences between men and women.

While the document itself contains the thoughts of one employee, responses to the document from other Google employees show that some people at the company share the same beliefs.

“Honestly, more people have been agreeing with it than I would like,” a current Google employee who spoke to Motherboard on the condition of anonymity told us. Motherboard is granting Google employees anonymity because of the company’s notoriously strict confidentiality agreement. The employee said the comments they saw came in internal company email threads.

“From what I’ve seen it’s been a mix of women saying, ‘This is terrible and it’s been distracting me from my work and it shouldn’t be allowed;’ Men and women saying ‘this is horrible but we need to let him have a voice;’ and men saying ‘This is so brave, I agree,'” the employee said.

Motherboard spoke to one current employee who agrees with the document’s author, who wrote in the manifesto that “Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence.”

Well, it operates on a university model. Strict antitrust enforcement, and a Google breakup, would help promote true diversity. . . .

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