Google CEO cancels gender diversity meeting as the issue escalates

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Sources told Recode that it was Pichai who pulled the trigger on Damore after a "tough debate" with top management on Monday.

In another interview, Damore spoke with Jordan B. Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a critic of "political correctness", feminist postmodernists and the concept of white privilege.

"Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and anxious they may be "outed" publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall", Pichai wrote in the email, which was confirmed by NPR's Laura Sydell.

As the harassment continued, it focused on specific employees who had spoken out in favor of Mr. Damore's dismissal.

A new Twitter account @Fired4Truth claims to be James Damore's.

Meanwhile, following the firing of Damore, Google canceled a scheduled town hall-style meeting among its employees.

"Clearly there's a lot more to discuss as a group - including how we create a more inclusive environment for all", he wrote in an email sent to employees Tuesday. So in the coming days we will find several forums to gather and engage with Googlers, where people can feel comfortable to speak freely.

Soon, the memo leaked outside the company, as many Google employees railed against many of its assumptions.

Earlier, Pichai said that the 10-page memo was out of line and that it "advanced harmful gender stereotypes". Damore described his memo as a way of expressing rightful concerns about the terms and conditions of his employment at Google. "To all of the girls tonight, I want to say thank you for joining us at Google". They, in turn, have been targeted on social media by alt-right pundits such as Breitbart News. "That's sexist. You can't do this'".

According to Bloomberg, "Damore said he is planning to pursue legal action but declined to say on what grounds or whether he had hired a lawyer".

Then Damore was sacked - according to media reports and his own email to the far-right news website Breitbart - which ignited backlash from those claiming Google was stifling free speech and politically conservative viewpoints.

His memo, titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber" indicted the company of resorting to different treatment for women and people of certain races to augment their representation in technology and leadership positions.

While his views on gender were seen by many as offensive, there is some support for his criticism of Google's tolerance for diversity of opinion and the transparency of its diversity programs.

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