Google Employee Decries 'Ideological Echo Chamber' In Internal Memo

Google Employee Decries 'Ideological Echo Chamber' In Internal Memo

A 10-page internal memo written by a Google senior software engineer that challenges the company's diversity polices has been denounced by employees and outside observers for sexism.

The manifesto apparently argued that Google should halt initiatives aimed at increasing gender and racial diversity within the company and instead focus on "ideological diversity", according to a report by Vice's Motherboard, which first reported the news late on Friday.

It argues that differences in pay between men and women in the technology sector are not entirely related to bias against women, but are partly attributable to biological differences between the genders, CNBC reports. "We should empower those with different ideologies to be able to express themselves", the author goes on to say.

The document, originally reported on by Motherboard, contends that the wage gap is a myth, women are biologically less driven by status than men, and their personalities make it more hard for them to lead than men.

The text, which was leaked in full to Gizmodo, starts out warning about the "left-wing" culture at Google but swiftly moves on to pseudo-scientific judgements about gender.

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The document also calls on the company to "stop alienating conservatives".

Many of Google's employees denounced the contents of the letter, according to Motherboard, though it's now unclear how much of the company's work force shares the exact viewpoints expressed by the author of the controversial document who also argued that Google as a firm is too left-leaning and should strive to be more neutral in the future by "de-moralizing diversity" and confronting various biases of its own corporate culture.

Conservative at Google writes sexist manifesto demanding end to inclusion of women and PoC. Her statement added that "Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate".

Google vice president of diversity Danielle Brown wrote a memo on Saturday responding to the document. "But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our code of conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws".

The controversy comes as Silicon Valley companies grapple with how to increase workforce diversity in an industry dominated by white men. It's now being investigated by the Department of Labor over a gender pay gap.

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