The Company That Knows Everything About You Is Now Punishing Thoughtcrimes

The Company That Knows Everything About You Is Now Punishing Thoughtcrimes, by Benny Johnson.

The company, which is worth $498 billion and employs more than 60,000 people worldwide, was not big enough in the end for the triggering perspective of a single engineer. …

The Catch-22 here is that Google, which states that it values all forms of diversity — political, lifestyle, gender, sexuality, and otherwise — was faced with one of its own exercising his stated right to diversity. It just so happens that his opinion did not align with the progressive worldview consistently voiced inside young tech firms.

So what does Google do when presented with an opportunity to show real tolerance for others’ opinions?

It fires the person. …

The executives at Google fell on a PC sword of their own making. And now, the social justice movement has yet another scalp to sacrifice on the altar of political correctness. The casualties atop this sword are growing by the day. …

This is the ultimate dog whistle for those, particularly on the political right, who experience regular and systematic intellectual discrimination of their worldviews. It serves as confirmation bias to those already wary about their opinions being depressed by algorithms because of the narrow political perspectives of those to control those algorithms. …

It seems a dangerous proposition for a company that controls the history of the internet, and specifically your history, to be engaging in the punishment of thought crimes within its own workforce.

For a company such as Google, which has access to the opinions of billions online, dabbling in the propagation of groupspeak and groupthink is a dangerous precedent.

“1984” anyone?

Stephen Green:

Because shut up. And also you’re fired.