The former Google executive who left the company last month says the “history of Internet” is “a big deal” for the entire tech industry.
James Damore tweeted on Friday that he thinks Google “did the right thing” in firing the senior executive who wrote a memo criticizing its culture.
“History is written by the victors,” Damore wrote in the tweet.
“The history of the Internet.”
He went on to say, “History will judge Google in the end.
The history of our company will show us what Google really is: an engine of oppression and inequality.”
Damore was the executive responsible for the memo that criticized Google’s diversity and inclusion policies.
The memo called Google’s culture “sexist and harmful” and said it had an “unfair advantage” in recruiting.
It criticized the way the company treats people with disabilities, and said Google “treats its founders, managers, and employees like disposable objects.”
Damores memo sparked outrage in Silicon Valley.
A group of prominent tech executives, including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and LinkedIn’s Sheri Weixel, wrote a letter in January to President Donald Trump asking him to fire Damore, arguing he “has done more to damage our country than any other person” and had created “an environment of hate and intimidation at Google and other companies.”
The letter noted that Damore had written a memo “that has had a profound impact on the way we think about diversity and equality.”
Damors memo was widely circulated among the tech community.
Damore has also written about his views on Google and the diversity issue in an op-ed for The Washington Post.
In his op-ing, Damore said the “diversity crisis” at Google “is one of the great challenges we face.”
Damor’s memo was not the first time Damore’s views have been cited as having a detrimental impact on Silicon Valley’s ability to attract and retain talent.
In 2014, Damores Google cofounder and co-founder Alex Marlow told The Verge that he thought “history will judge [Damore] in the final analysis” and that he “wouldn’t be a great leader for the company.”
Damoros cofounder Sam Altman also spoke out against Damore after he spoke at a conference.
Damoros company is based in Mountain View, California.
Damores tenure at Google included stints as an engineer and CEO, but he left in 2015.
Damors departure from Google comes amid the company’s ongoing battle with President Donald J. Trump over diversity and sexual harassment allegations.
The company’s board is investigating whether Damore violated Google’s code of conduct.
Google, which was acquired by Alphabet in 2015, has also faced a barrage of sexual harassment complaints from former employees and current employees.
Google fired more than 40 employees and settled more than 30 lawsuits in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the company in 2017.