Fired Google engineer James Damore says he was vilified and harassed for questioning what he calls the company’s liberal political orthodoxy, particularly around the merits of diversity.
Now outspoken diversity advocates at Google say that they are being targeted by a small group of their coworkers in an attempt to silence deliberations about racial and gender diversity.
In interviews with WIRED, 15 current Google employees accuse coworkers of inciting strangers to harass rank-and-file employees who are minority proponents, including fag and transgender employees. Since August, screenshots from Google’s internal deliberation meetings, including personal information, ought to have displayed on websites including Breitbart and Vox Popoli, a blog run by alt-right writer Theodore Beale, who goes by the epithet Vox Day. Other screenshots were included in a 161 -page suit that Damore filed in January, to suggest that Google discriminates against whites, males, and conservatives.
What followed, the employees say, was a wave of harassment. On meetings like 4chan, members associated advocates’ epithets with their social-media accounts. At least three employees had their phone number, address, and deadnames( a transgender person’s name prior to transitioning) disclosed. Google site reliability technologist Liz Fong-Jones, a trans woman, says she was the target of harassment, including violent menaces and degrading slurs based on gender identity, race, and sexual direction. More than a dozen pages of personal information about another employee were posted to Kiwi Farms, which New York has called “the web’s biggest community of stalkers.”
Meanwhile, inside Google, the diversity advocates say some employees have “weaponized human resources” by goading them into inflammatory statements, which are then captured and reported to HR for violating Google’s mores around civility or for offending white men.