Google CEO Sundar Pichai has canceled the company’s
much-anticipated meeting to talk about gender issues today. The
move came after some of its employees expressed concern over
online harassment they had begun to receive after their questions
and names have been published outside the company on a variety of
largely alt-right sites.
“We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always
do to bring us together and move forward. But our Dory questions
appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers
are now being named personally,” wrote Pichai to employees.
“Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and
worried they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question in the
This controversy strikes me as the biggest challenge Google has faced under Pichai’s leadership. And the fact that the Page/Brin/Schmidt Alphabet triumvirate has remained silent makes me think Pichai truly is the leader of Google, not just in title but in terms of where the buck actually stops.