After a year of protests by its own staff against its work with the military, alleged plans to build a censored Chinese search engine, and handling of sexual harassment allegations against executives, Google is doing some soul-searching and self-reflection over the true meaning of “Don’t be evil.” Just kidding! According to the Times of London, they’re doubling down on finding and firing leakers. Word of a renewed effort to root out staff who dare talk to media comes via Jack Poulson, a former research scientist with Google who said he left the company because of his concerns over Project Dragonfly, the censored search engine Google is reportedly building to enter the Chinese market with the blessing of state censors. Poulson told the Times that stopping leakers is now the “number one priority” for Google management, with staff forming an internal web page to report unauthorized contact with media and one senior engineer shouting “Fuck you leakers” at an all-hands meeting. The paper wrote: Employees at the company’s headquarters near San Jose, California, are encouraged to monitor their colleagues and list on a web page within Google called “Stopleaks” any confidential information that they see externally. Anyone who is caught revealing information to the press is fired. Tensions between employees over leaks to the press have also resulted in foul-mouthed arguments, Mr Poulson revealed. During a question and answer session at a company-wide meeting, a senior engineer took the microphone to shout “F*** you leakers” at his fellow colleagues…. [Poulson] said… [Read full story]
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