In a recent row involving a former engineer who published a memo on diversity that generated a lot of controversy on social media and within the company, Google has currently been in damage controle mod. The reaction to the memo led the web giant's subsequent decision to fire him. And the internet isn't happy about it.
A group of street artists are plastering posters and other forms of artwork that send the message that if you like to challenge the accepted belief with different ideas, you need to “think different”. The artwork above has been plastered everywhere near Google's offices in protesting their unsavoury practices.
Employees working across Silicon Valley are divided about Google's decision and a survey was conducted earlier this week by Blind. It is an anonymous corporate chat app and Bind asked its users if they thought Google should have fired James Damore. Over 4,000 employees from different companies including Google weighed in their opinions.
At least more than half i.e. 56% of Google's employees responded and thought it was not right for the company to fire Damore. In fact, many responses from other companies had a similar outcome indicating significant support for the former engineer.
Business Insider says, “At Uber, 64% of employees who participated in the survey thought Google shouldn't have fired Damore. Employees at Apple and LinkedIn were nearly evenly split in the poll but leaned slightly toward approving Google's decision. Meanwhile, 65% of respondents from Lyft were good with the way it went down.”
Dammer was fired earlier this week and since then he has accused Google of a left-wing bias and also questioned the effectiveness of the company's diversity programs. During an interview with Youtuber Stefan Molyneux on Tuesday, Damore stood by his memo.
"I've gotten a ton of personal messages of support, which has been really nice," he said. "I got that at Google before all of this leaked. Lots of upper management was shaming me.”
Damore's firing has created a division which is clearly highlighted by Blind's poll and some in the tech industry are supporting his opinions laid out in the memo. Others do not necessarily agree with his opinion but believe that should not have been fired for expressing them.