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Fired author of controversial Google memo breaks his silence

11 Août 2017

By now, you've likely heard about James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote a ridiculously long memo (3,300 words, to be exact) about why, in his opinion, women are biologically ill-suited to work in the tech industry.

Ex-Google engineer James Damore says problems with the company's culture prompted him to write the memo on gender differences that ignited a social media firestorm and led to his dismissal.

Now, ironically, the company's being accused of discriminating against women.

Earlier Thursday, WIRED reported that Google employees had submitted more than 520 questions for the planned session, some critical of Damore's reasoning and conclusions, and others concerned that he had been fired for speaking his mind. Damore was sacked Monday for what Pichai said was a violation of Google's policies, because it advanced "harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".

The meeting will be held by Google CEO Sundar Pichai and is scheduled to kick off at 4pm PT, according to Business Insider.

"I'm not saying that any of the female engineers at Google are in any way worse than the average male engineer", Damore told Stefan Molyneux, a vocal supporter of President Trump and the host of Freedomain Radio. The memo went viral after being posted on an internal network and sparked outrage from Google employees. "I got that at Google before all of this leaked".

"After a while, it just became exhausting", she said. In the memo, Damore wrote that women may not be as good at tech jobs as men due to biological differences, and cited traits such as "higher agreeableness" and "neuroticism" to back up his argument.

"I think the problem and also benefit of Google has been that we've created and encouraged an environment where everyone thinks they can say what they want, because that is what has always been the way it has been".

Damore said he is trying to make "the world a better place" by providing scientific evidence that was stated in the manifesto.

Alt-right poster boy Milo Yiannopoulos posted the Twitter profiles of eight Googlers to his Facebook page with the caption "Looking at who works for Google it all makes sense now".

Known for its motto, "don't be evil", Google is broadly seen as a liberal-leaning company, something Damore criticized in his manifesto.

"Definitely those who aren't on the left feel like they need to stay in the closet and not really reveal themselves", Damore said in his interview.

Fired author of controversial Google memo breaks his silence