Mike Wacker, a Republican software engineer at Google who wrote an open letter about the tech giant’s “outrage mobs” and “witch hunts” was fired on Friday, The Daily Caller reported.
Google has become a company where outrage mobs and witch hunts dominate its culture. These outrage mobs and witch hunts have become an existential threat not only to Google’s culture internally, but to Google’s trust and credibility externally.
One outrage mob formed when Google sponsored CPAC, and they created an internal petition titled, “Google, Don’t Sponsor Hate.” Another outrage mob formed when Kay Coles James, President of the Heritage Foundation, was appointed to an AI ethics panel, and they created an external petition from a Medium account called “Googlers Against Transphobia and Hate.”
But don’t worry, these outrage mobs are not opposed to all conservatives. They are only opposed to the “hateful” conservatives.
Wacker was first put on paid administrative leave, and then fired two days later.
One day before he was suspended, Wacker went on Fox Business to talk about Google’s anti-conservative bias. He told Trish Regan, “You don’t know what’s going to offend somebody next and a lot of time they are going to HR over these trivial things.”
#Google Software engineer @m_wacker SOUNDS OFF on his company’s anti-conservative bias: “These outrage mobs are so hostile. You want to kind of want to push back on them… but if you push back, they can turn on you instead.” #TrishRegan pic.twitter.com/giUYQFAxay
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) May 29, 2019
A spokesperson for Google declined to comment to requests for comment from The Daily Caller.
Part of Wacker’s job was to moderate the Republican listserv at Google. He detailed in a Medium post his disputes with left-wing employees, several of which escalated into official complaints.
Wacker’s firing could result in a huge lawsuit exposing the company’s bias. It comes at a time when the U.S. Department of Justice is preparing an antitrust probe into the monopoly.
And after Google was slapped with a $1.7 billion antitrust penalty from the European Commission over AdSense, its ad sales platform. Google filed an appeal to the ruling.
Wacker points to the Heritage Foundation’s Kay Coles James’s experience, which she described in the Washington Post. She said:
In 1961, at age 12, I was one of two-dozen black children who integrated an all-white junior high school in Richmond. White parents jeered me outside the school, and inside, their kids stuck me with pins, shoved me in the halls and pushed me down the stairs. So when the group of Google employees resorted to calling names and making false accusations because they didn’t want a conservative voice advising the company, the hostility was reminiscent of what I felt back then — that same intolerance for someone who was different from them.
Wacker says, “I won’t lie, that was a tough part to read. But if you ask the outrage mob, that wasn’t the real problem. The real question was this: ‘So the real question to this is whether or not we think there’s value in having the Grand Wizard of the KKK on this board.'”
He then says of Google censoring outrage mob, “What sort of alternate universe do you have to live in to think this sort of rhetoric is OK? And what sort of alternative universe do you have to live in where you would turn a blind eye to that rhetoric?”