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Google fired the author of the “anti-diversity” memo—and as a result, proved ...

James Damore, who authored a divisive note sent internally around Google, confirmed his termination to Bloomberg and right-wing media outlet Breitbart late on Aug. 7 in the US, adding that he had been let go for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”

Damore had argued that the gender gap in tech was partly due to biological differences between men and women, and that efforts to boost diversity were themselves a form of discrimination that were “unfair, divisive, and bad for business.”

Days after the piece leaked to the media, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote an internal Memo to employees stating : “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.” He did, however, note that “People must feel free to express dissent.”

Danielle Brown, Google’s newly appointed vice president of diversity, also sent an internal memo stating that Damore’s note is “not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages.”

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel and Oculus founder Palmer Luckey faced backlash during the US elections when they supported Donald Trump.

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