Google is sick of its leak problem — according to a leaked email

Google will be taking a greater stand on leaks. Well this is the case according to a leak! An email from CEO Sunday Pichai reveals that he is looking to revive his approach to company meetings as part of the effort.
There could be a change in how meetings are conducted at Google. Photo: Google

Serial leaker

Google has gained a reputation for having countless leaks against its name. Revelations of upcoming company products, services, and even policy have been reported over the years. These have happened so much that there has been speculation that they have been intentional.

However, according to an email from Pichai to his staff, the company is becoming increasingly frustrated. The Verge reports on the email, which states that the company’s weekly town halls, which are knowing as “TGIF” meetings will be halted.

This is because the CEO believes that these have been a key cause of the leaks. The transparency and open forum approach of the meetings means that sensitive information may be talked about openly. However, with the amount of employees involved, there is an increased chance that someone will share the news.

Sundar Pichai
Google CEO Sundar Pichai is reportedly frustrated with the amount of leaks that happen after company town hall speeches. Photo: Maurizio Pesce via Wikimedia Commons

A change of plan

Therefore, Pichai will be reportedly revising the meetings to once a month and they will be strictly about business. This would cull any political talk, which was heavily reported on during the time of Trump’s election.

The email began with praise for the Google staff’s progress within the last month. Breakthroughs in sustainability and quantum computing were some aspects that were particularly highlighted. However, the direction soon shifted to concerns about the meetings.

“TGIF has traditionally provided a place to come together, share progress, and ask questions, but it’s not working in its current form,” the email reads, as reported by The Verge

“First, people come to TGIF with different expectations. Some people come to hear more about Google’s product launches and business strategies, others come to hear answers on other topics. By splitting the difference every week, we’re not serving either purpose very well.”

The email went on to state that many employees are continuing to leak information following the meetings.

“Second, we’re unfortunately seeing a coordinated effort to share our conversations outside of the company after every TGIF. I know this is new information to many of you, and it has affected our ability to use TGIF as a forum for candid conversations on important topics.”

Pixel 4
Many of Google’s product specifications have been leaked before official announcements. Screenshot: Google

Taking back control

The memo then summarized how the plan will work going forward.

“TGIF will become a monthly meeting focused on product and business strategy, with Q&A on the topics being discussed.”

It’s important for companies to have power over how and when information is shared. Tech giants such as Google spend millions of dollars to ensure the correct strategy is delivered and a leak can destroy the plan in an instant.

Along with this, as the TGIF meetings hold such a causal approach, something could easily be stated out of hand or out of context. This could have a detrimental impact on Google’s reputation. So, Pichai’s approach may ruffle a few feathers in the Google camp but altogether, he’s looking to protect the company.

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