January 26, 2005

Google censors staff?

by brian_turner

In a move being widely interpretated as censorship of staff, a critical blog started by a new employee at Google has been removed.

As covered by The FULL Mark Jen Google Blog – The Blog Google tried to Gag, Mark Jen was – until recently – employed by Microsoft, working as a Software Development Engineer on the company’s Indigo search project. In his last post on his Microsoft blog – what happened to MarkJen? – dated January 18th, he announces he’s moving to Google.

Apparently, he then started up a new blog at Blogpsot using Google’s blogger service, where he made critical remarks about:

  • Google’s infrastructure
  • company disorganistion
  • benefits packages
  • fixation on worker productivity

The last post was made on January 25th, after which his blog suddenly disappeared.

However, Yahoo! retains a cache, and Bloglines also has a copy of his XML file for public viewing:

99zeros – Yahoo! cache
ninetyninezeros at Bloglines

While the events may be regarded as a slight embarrassment to Google, it remains refreshing to see Google employing a human face, when the company is otherwise very calculating in what it presents to public view.

EDIT: Mark Jen’s blog has returned, albeit with some apparent financial information removed: 99zeros

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