You’re probably aware of the paper on the lack of viewpoint diversity at Google, which James Damore, a now ex-Google employee, wrote. James Damore highlighted the two class system at Google, according to which minorities are good, and everyone else is bad. In the tech sector, interestingly, Asians are not a minority. Of course, I’m talking about “real” Asians not the “Asian” label the BBC pulls out of a hat whenever a muzzy mows down a bunch of whiteys. Damore lamented that diversity of opinion doesn’t exist at Google, and showed that Google pushes a heavily unscientific agenda. He was promptly fired for stating scientific facts. It was a rather shocking witch hunt.
I have been quite skeptical of Google ever since I spoke to an employee years ago. Incidentally, he’s a friend of mine, but we haven’t been talking much for quite some time. I certainly noticed a distinct shift to the left with him after he returned from the on-boarding event in Mountain View. Anyway, I raised the concern that I witnessed preferential treatment of minority applicants. Concretely, I knew of cases where Google recruiters reached out to women in STEM fields who had almost completely barren LinkedIn profiles and who got fast-tracked through the hiring process. If you’re a woman, it’s apparently enough to mention on your LinkedIn profile that you’re studying STEM, university, degree subject, and date of graduation — and nothing else. They’ll eagerly reach out to you then. No, those women were not academic superstars, quite the contrary. That Googler claimed that it was impossible that there is a bias in hiring because every hiring decision goes through a committee. My suggestion that the committee may simply apply different standards to different applicants was one he dismissed outright, somewhat angrily, as an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory because that was “impossible”, and that was the end of that conversation for him. I didn’t quite buy that argument, though.
Well, that was a few years ago. Since then, I have been witnessing an ever-greater ideological shift happening. You’ve probably been reading stories of how Google manipulates search results to push a liberal agenda. More recently, there has been a much more overt push towards “diversity”. For instance, Google subsidiary YouTube has been pushing leftist propaganda hard. One overzealous employee the other day even banned Jordan Peterson from YouTube and Gmail and every other service he had been using, but that got restored quickly. Peterson is apparently too famous to be pushed around. Well, other people aren’t. I just read about a professor of statistics who got his Google account revoked for reasons unknown. There was nothing in his public persona that could cause any offense.
Google is a leftist corporation gone mad. If you are using their services, you may want to consider switching. Here is what you can do:
1) Get a backup of all your data on Google via Google Takeout.
2) Switch to a different search engine; I use DuckDuckGo.
3) If you use Google Chrome, drop it. Across my various machines I use Safari (OSX), Firefox, and Brave. Brave is particularly interesting as it blocks trackers and ads by default. It’s currently my main browser.
4) If you use GMail, get a different email address. I trust Russian companies more than I trust leftist US tech behemoths. If you think similarly, then get an account on Yandex. Another good alternative is ProtonMail, which is based in Switzerland. Unfortunately, there are some limitations on free accounts. In order to make switching easier, forward your GMail email address to your news one and successively change the email address of every account you have on the web.
5) I haven’t found a good solution for phones yet. I’m not a huge fan of Apple either, seeing what their CEO Tim Cuck is doing, like fundraising for the hate group Southern Poverty Law Center, so I’m not sure I can recommend using an iPhone. To be honest, I barely use my phone anyway, so for the time being, I’ll keep my Android.
In case some of you are wondering, yes my move from Google’s Blogger platform to a self-hosted WordPress site was partly motivated by my growing skepticism regarding Google.