Google places whistleblowing engineer on administrative leave

Google has placed a whistleblower on administrative leave hours after Project Veritas published software engineer Greg Coppola admitting that Silicon Valley big tech has been biased against conservatives since the 2016 US election, according to NewsBusters.

Coppola believes we are “at a really important point in human history,” where “we have to just decide now that we kind of are seeing tech use its power to manipulate people.”

It’s a time to decide, you know, do we run the technology, does the technology run us?” asks Coppola.

the vast majority of people think that if something is higher rated on Google Search than another story, that it would be more important and more correct. And you know, we haven’t had time to absorb the fact that tech might have an agenda. I mean, it’s something that we’re only starting to talk about now.”

Google’s punishment of Coppola isn’t the first time the company has retaliated against employees with divergent opinions.

Google has chastised those employees who have gone against its agenda. In 2017, Google fired engineer James Damore after he wrote a memo about the company’s “ideological echo chamber.” In 2019, Republican engineer Mike Wacker was fired after he complained about the hostile attitude in the corporate culture toward conservatives. –NewsBusters

In, May Google made clear that they would punish employees who access internal information without permission, according to BuzzFeed.

With employees organizing sit-ins over retaliation and continuing to agitate for change, Google is locking down internal communications. Google’s top legal executive, Kent Walker, sent an all-staff email Thursday informing employees that accessing documents classified as “need to know” without permission could result in termination, sources inside the company tell BuzzFeed News.

In the past, Google has had a reputation for openness, allowing employees wide access to documents and source code regardless of their job assignment. Now, following leaks about products in China and partnerships with the US military, as well as employee efforts to change the company’s policies on forced arbitration, workplace sexual misconduct, and benefits for contract workers, Google is tightening the reins. –BuzzFeed