Google’s civil war: Diversity advocates threatened and harassed by co-workers, new report says


Threats of violence. Nasty slurs. Personal information posted on a website purportedly beloved by stalkers.

Diversity advocates at Google – including the Mountain View tech giant’s highest-ranking inclusion officer – are being targeted by a small group of colleagues in an internal culture war, according to a new report.

Since August, when a memo by since-fired Google engineer James Damore ignited a nation-wide furore over its critique of diversity efforts and suggestion of a biological basis for the gender gap in tech, screenshots from Google internal discussion boards have been leaked and posted on far-right websites including Breitbart and the blog Vox Popoli, which espouses white supremacy.

That’s according to a Jan 26 report in Wired, based on interviews with 15 current Googlers, who “accuse co-workers of inciting outsiders to harass rank-and-file employees who are minority advocates, including queer and transgender employees.”

In notorious Internet cesspool 4chan, diversity advocates at Google had their names linked to their social media accounts, and phone numbers and addresses – along with previous names of transgender people – of at least three employees were exposed, according to Wired.

“Google site reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones, a trans woman, says she was the target of harassment, including violent threats and degrading slurs based on gender identity, race, and sexual orientation,” Wired reported.

“More than a dozen pages of personal information about another employee were posted to Kiwi Farms, which New York has called “the web’s biggest community of stalkers.”

Top Google executives have failed to respond assertively to complaints about harassment and the exposure of personal information known as “doxing,” employees told Wired, although they said the firm’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, Danielle Brown – also targeted for harassment – has been supportive.

Google declined to comment to Wired, citing ongoing litigation, a probable reference to a lawsuit against the company filed Jan 8 by Damore, who claims the company that sacked him over his memo discriminates against men, conservatives and white people.

Diversity supporters at Google blamed a “small group” of colleagues for the alleged harassment, and Wired noted that “the combatants represent just a sliver of Google’s more than 75,000 employees.” — San Jose Mercury News/Tribune News Service


Source:  News agencies