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Facebook 'ugly truth' growth memo haunts firm

Facebook 'ugly truth' growth memo haunts firm

Technology
A Facebook executive's memo that claimed the "ugly truth" was that anything it did to grow was justified has been made public, embarrassing the company.The 2016 post said that this applied even if it meant people might die as a result of bullying or terrorism.Both the author and the company's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, have denied they actually believe the sentiment.But it risks overshadowing the firm's efforts to tackle an earlier scandal.Facebook has been under intense scrutiny since it acknowledged that it had received reports that a political consultancy - Cambridge Analytica - had not destroyed data harvested from about 50 million of its users years earlier.The 18 June 2016 memo:So we connect more people.That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs a life by exposin...
FBI has 'grave concerns' about controversial Republican memo

FBI has 'grave concerns' about controversial Republican memo

World
The FBI has publicly challenged a push by Republican lawmakers to release a controversial memo which purports to show anti-Trump bias at the agency."We have grave concerns about the material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy," the FBI said in a statement.A top Trump aide said on Wednesday they would release the top secret document "pretty quick", despite the objections. Democrats claim the memo is an attempt to discredit the FBI-led Russia probe."It will be released here pretty quick, I think, and the whole world can see it," White House chief of staff John Kelly said during an interview with Fox News Radio on Wednesday morning.Hours later, the FBI issued a rare statement saying that it had had "limited opportunity" to review the document before the House Inte...
Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

Trolls force Google to cancel gender memo meeting

Technology
Google has cancelled a company-wide "town hall" meeting due to fears of employee harassment.The meeting was planned to allow Google staff to discuss an internal memo regarding gender roles at the company.James Damore, an engineer at Google, was fired on Monday after his 3,000-word essay, which argued that biological differences were responsible for gender disparity, provoked heated discussion.Confirming his dismissal at the time, Mr Damore said that he had been sacked for "perpetuating gender stereotypes" - causing a number of internet trolls to attach themselves to his sacking.These trolls have now led to a Google meeting regarding the memo being cancelled, as staff fear they will be targeted for taking part."We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us ...
Google fires employee behind controversial anti-diversity memo

Google fires employee behind controversial anti-diversity memo

Technology
Google has fired the employee who wrote a controversial 10-page internal memo that criticizes the search giant for its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in its workforce, the company has confirmed to ABC News. CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees about the matter on Monday, saying the staffer violated the company’s code of conduct. The post went over “the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace," Pichai said. “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” he added. In the memo, which circulated on an internal company network and was first reported by Motherboard and published in full by Gizmodo on Saturday, the writer attributes gender inequality in the male-dominated