Google cancels all-hands diversity meeting over safety concerns

From Ars Technica

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has abruptly canceled a company-wide meeting, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, that was intended to address employee questions about the company’s diversity policies.

Questions submitted by employees on the company’s internal network “appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers are now being named personally,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an email announcing the cancellation. “Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.”

It’s the latest PR headache for a company that has been caught in a no-win situation since a controversial internal memo written by mid-level Google engineer James Damore surfaced over the weekend.

The memo argued that biological differences partly explain the lopsided gender ratio in technology and management positions at Google. Google officials quickly distanced themselves from the…

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