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Google Cancels Diversity Town Hall Meeting Over Safety Concerns

Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOGL) Google cancelled a companywide town hall meeting to address diversity issues raised by a now-former employee at the last minute Thursday, citing the safety of its staff.

The company had planned the assembly to address James Damore's 'manifesto' that claimed women were biologically unsuited for jobs in tech and his subsequent firing. The meeting was due to take place at 4pm in San Francisco, but was cancelled shortly before.

CEO Sundar Pichai emailed staff before the 4pm start, saying employees had raised concerns about their safety if they asked questions, after the names of some Google employees ended up on right-wing blogs.

"In recognition of Googlers' concerns, we need to step back and create a better set of conditions for us to have the discussion," Pichai wrote to staff, the Wall Street Journal reported. "So in the coming days we...