Google Crackdown: 28 Employees Fired Amid Project Nimbus Backlash

Google, owned by Alphabet Inc., fired 28 workers who protested against Project Nimbus. This project involves providing the Israeli government with AI and cloud services through a $1.2 billion joint contract with Inc.

The protests happened at Google offices in New York City, Seattle, and Sunnyvale, California. In New York and California, some protestors sat in for almost 10 hours, and a few streamed it on a platform called Twitch. Nine people were arrested for trespassing.

Google assured the impacted employees that it would maintain confidentiality regarding the matter, sharing details only as needed. However, on Wednesday evening, the workers were notified of their termination by the company.

Google Fires 28 Amid Facility Access Dispute

Google explained that the protesters were stopping other employees from working and preventing them from using certain areas of the building. This goes against the rules of the company and is considered bad behavior.

When the protesters refused to leave after being asked many times, the police were called to remove them. So far, 28 employees have been fired, and Google will look into the situation more and take more action if needed.

via NYTimes

Google Employees Clash Over Middle East

Following the protest, Google has been dealing with internal discussions surrounding the Middle East conflict. Employees shared diverse opinions on internal forums, with some supporting Palestine and others supporting Israel.

Some employees also felt that discussing the topic at work was inappropriate. Moderators took action by locking down certain threads, as previous discussions had become overly contentious.

This decision reflects the company’s reputation for upholding workplace policies. While the situation has sparked internal debate and discussions surrounding the Middle East conflict, Google continues to navigate these challenges by prioritizing confidentiality.

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