“Google has canceled its company-wide meeting meant to address the ongoing controversy caused by the anti-diversity ‘manifesto’ written by a former engineer,” Mashable is reporting.
“The meeting was canceled due to safety concerns, after several employees’ names were published in online forums, according to the company.
“In an email sent to Google employees Thursday, CEO Sundar Pichai said they had made the decision to cancel the meeting because staffers were “concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.”
“Recode first reported the cancellation and Pichai’s email to staff.
“Prior to the scheduled town hall meeting, employees had been submitting and voting on questions they wanted Pichai to address. But many of those questions — and the names of the people who asked them — leaked out onto online forums and social media accounts popular within the alt-right community.
“We’ve confirmed that a number of Google employees have been named on social media accounts and forums that cater to the alt-right.
“The meeting was originally called earlier in the week after the firing of James Damore, the software engineer whose 10-page anti-diversity memo went viral. The memo railed against a number of diversity initiatives at Google and alleged that the company’s gender gap was due to ‘biological differences’ between men and women.
“The firing stirred an almost immediate reaction within the alt-right, who quickly latched onto the controversy. They took to social media and other online alt-right hangouts to denounce Google and hatch various plans aimed at exacting revenge.
“As the movement grew, many employees were named on various channels — sometimes along with ‘leaked’ emails and messages they had posted internally at Google — which is what ultimately lead to today’s cancellation.”
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