A Google AI researcher who was among the leaders of last November’s “unprecedented” walkout has left the company, Google confirmed via email. Meredith Whittaker’s departure, previously reported by Bloomberg, follows fellow organizer Claire Stapleton leaving in June. Both alleged that the search giant retaliated against them in the wake of the protests.
“Today is @mer__edith’s final day at Google. Watching her experience as a whistleblower at Google and a victim of retaliation cannot signal good things for how AI institutions will react to negative criticism. #NotOkGoogle,” Google software engineer Chris Lu tweeted Monday.
The 2018 protests saw 20,000 Google employees walk out of the company’s offices globally to protest how it handled sexual assault allegations directed at key executives.