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Google cancels town hall meeting on gender memo, citing safety concerns for employees

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CEO Sundar Pichai.

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Google has canceled the town hall that was supposed to take place
Thursday with CEO Sundar Pichai to address the recent controversy
over the memo written by engineer James Damore, a Google
spokesperson confirmed.

The cancelation was announnced in a memo to Google employees. You
can read the full memo here:

Dear Googlers,

TL;DR Sorry for the late notice but we are going to cancel
today’s Town Hall.

We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always
do to bring us together and move forward. But our Dory questions
appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers
are now being named personally. Googlers are writing in,
concerned about their safety and worried they may be “outed”
publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.

In recognition of Googlers’ concerns, we need to step back and
create a better set of conditions for us to have the discussion.
So in the coming days we will find several forums to gather and
engage with Googlers, where people can feel comfortable to speak
freely. We’ll share details soon.

Over the past two days, I have had the chance to meet with so
many people here, and I have read each of your emails carefully.
The vast majority of you are very supportive of our decision. A
smaller percentage of you wish we would do more. And some are
worried that you cannot speak out at work freely. All of your
voices and opinions matter…and I want to hear them.

In the meantime, let’s not forget what unites us as a company–
our desire to build great products for everyone that make a big
difference in their lives. I have been in a few product
discussions today and felt energized by the important things we
are working on. We can, and will continue, to come together to do
the very best for the people we serve.

Stay tuned.


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