Survey: Most Google Employees Disagreed With Decision To Fire Memo Writer


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Most Google employees disagree with the company’s decision to fire the employee behind a memo on diversity, a survey released Wednesday shows.

Blind, an anonymous corporate networking app, surveyed its users from over 4,000 different companies on their thoughts regarding Google’s firing of software engineer James Damore, according to Business Insider. At Google, 56 percent of the 441 employees surveyed opposed their company’s decision to fire Damore.

Blind also reported employee opinions across other tech companies, which seem to support the fired software engineer.

A majority of Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon employees surveyed also opposed Google’s decision by margins of 57-43, 56-44, and 54-46, respectively. Nearly two-thirds of Uber’s employees surveyed also opposed the choice to terminate Damore.

Lyft, LinkedIn, and Apple, however, all favored Google’s decision by margins of 65-35, 53-47, and 51-49, respectively.

The survey only accounted for the opinions of employees who are Blind users. While not scientific, the survey does give an idea of the mood across Silicon Valley.

Various media entities have misrepresented Damore’s memo. CNN published a Tuesday headline “Engineer Behind Anti-Diversity Memo Is Out At Google” and changed it to “Engineer Behind Controversial Manifesto Is Out At Google” approximately a half-hour later. (RELATED: CNN Pulls ‘Anti-Diversity’ Memo Headline)

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Google and Damore for comment but received none in time for press.

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