MOUNTAIN VIEW — For the alt-right, Google’s firing of an engineer over a controversial 10-page memo about its diversity policies has been a gift.
America’s alt-right, who reject mainstream politics in favor of more extreme conservatism, gained a voice through the election of President Donald Trump with a crusade against political correctness. They already mistrusted the search giant, which they have said censors their views and tried to influence the last presidential election.
But now, the company’s firing of engineer James Damore over a memo arguing women are biologically less suited for tech jobs than men has put Google squarely in the crosshairs of the alt-right.
Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, in a Facebook post Friday, wrote, “Google has given up on science in favor of conspiracy theories, mythology and social justice. That is now the company’s official position. Incredible.”
Leaders in the right-wing movement, who have a strong following on social media, responded to Damore’s firing by organizing nationwide protests for Aug. 19, targeting Google headquarters in Mountain View and offices in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Austin, Texas.
The anger against Google has led to numerous calls on Twitter for a boycott against the company. One user, with the hashtag #boycottgoogle called on the public to contact Google’s advertisers.
“Don’t support regressive or ideological echo chamber corporations,” @ThothMRM tweeted.
In the wake of Damore’s firing, a blog has leaked apparent internal memos and names of those inside Google who were critical of Damore. Yiannopoulos — whose…
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