An Anti-Diversity Document Written by a Google Employee Went "Internally Viral"


Google parent company Alphabet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A handful of Google employees tweeted about the document. Its existence was first reported by Motherboard, and Gizmodo obtained the entire document and published it in full on Saturday.

Brown and Balogh condemned the document's assertions and defended Google's diversity efforts.

Cut to someone publicly outing the employee who wrote the memo, and him being thoroughly excoriated on social media.

Yonatan Zunger, an engineer who worked at Google, sent a message to the author of the note, saying that he doesn't understand engineering.

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He argued that the company's diversity programs - including seminars that teach young girls coding skills - are "highly politicized".

Titled "The Echo Chamber", other arguments raised in the document are that Google should stop offering programmes for ethnic minorities or women.

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The author wrote that higher rates of anxiety disorders among women may explain why there are "lower numbers of women in high stress jobs".

The vice-president of engineering at Google, Ari Balogh, also weighed in on the latest furore with an internal memo criticising the manifesto.

"Part of building an open, inclusive environment means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views, including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions". I'm not going to link to it here as it's not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages. Reportedly written by a senior engineer, the doc expresses the idea that "ideological diversity"-that is, being nice to political conservatives-is more important than racial or sexual diversity in the company's make-up".

"Despite speaking very authoritatively, the author does not appear to understand gender", he wrote. For instance, he suggests making software engineering more people oriented to attract more females by pairing people together to create a more people-oriented atmosphere, as opposed to forcing women/minorities into engineering studies and engineering roles. The government is asking the company to provide detailed employee data, which Google is fighting.

Outrage from within and outside the company was swift, with #GoogleManifesto trending on Twitter. A former anonymous employee stated that working at Google felt like being between some employees that thought diversity lowered the bar.

The 10-page memo was shared within several internal company employee groups and prompted a flood of responses.

At Uber, founder Travis Kalanick stepped down in June, months after an employee made allegations on Tumblr of rampant gender discrimination at the company.

Google has been criticized by its diversity and inclusion initiatives.