Google CEO Pichai cancels 'town hall' on gender dispute

Google CEO Pichai cancels 'town hall' on gender dispute

Google CEO Pichai cancels 'town hall' on gender dispute

The "manifesto" published as an internal memo by James Damore claimed "biological differences" were a key factor in the low percentage of women in technology jobs and sparked outcry from those claiming it perpetuated stereotypes and discrimination. "Don't let anyone tell you otherwise".

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has canceled the company's much anticipted talk about gender issues today.

During his Thursday appearance, Mr. Pichai said that as Google continues to build products for an global audience, it must strive for its workforce to be an accurate representation of that audience, having people of all genders, ethnicities, backgrounds, and religions. I think as Google we are really proud to host the event, but I really want to thank ... the organizers and the mentors who spent hundreds of hours to get the teams ready for today.

"In recognition of Googlers' concerns, we need to step back and create a better set of conditions for us to have the discussion", Pichai wrote to staff, the Wall Street Journal reported.

I know the journey won t always be easy, but to the girls who dream of being an engineer or an entrepreneur, and who dream of creating incredible things: I want you to know that there s a place for you in this industry, there s a place for you at Google.

Alt-right protesters are planning a "March On Google" next week, following the U.S. tech giant's firing of an employee over his internal company memo discussing gender differences in the workforce, the media reported.

I was surprised to find the girls here represent more than 100 countries from around the world. "I love Google and I've always been a fan of Google even before I joined, and so it really feels like they betrayed me in some way..."

Pichai cut his vacation short to deal with the crisis over the manifesto that went viral inside the company and infuriated thousands of employees.

Google canceled a company town hall on diversity at the last minute Thursday afternoon out of concerns about people's safety, worrying they may be publicly outed for asking a question, according to a Google spokesperson.

"To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to [Google's] work is offensive and not OK". That won praise from some liberals, but it also created a backlash among more conservative employees at Google as well as from so-called "alt-right" activists outside the company. I hope it s the beginning of a long career of building incredible things which we can all use one day.

Brown also thanked her fellow Googlers for bringing up the issue and vouched for a need to change.

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