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Google's new community guidelines tell employees not to talk politics on internal forums or bad mouth projects without 'good information' ND

Nick Bastone, Business Insider, Friday August 23rd, 2019

Google outlined its latest set of community guidelines to employees last week, restricting conversations to focus only on ‘fact-based’ and ‘work-related’ matters. The move could be seen as an attempt by Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai to restore order to internal message boards which have created divisions among employees. The memo went on to state that “while sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not.” The memo also stated that managers are expected to address discussions that violate the written rules. The memo has garnered criticism, with some analysts seeing it as a step away from the ‘free-thinking’ and ‘challenge’ culture that has differentiated Google from other firms in Silicon Valley.

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