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Google CEO speaks out after employee firingSundar Pichai makes his first public appearance since the firing of an engineer who wrote a controversial memo about women in tech.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai planned to use Thursday's town hall meeting to address some of the more than 500 questions submitted by employees. But in a company wide email Thursday, Pichai said he cancelled the meeting after the questions were made public and some Google employees were named online, leading others to worry they may be outed publicly for participating. Thursday's meeting was expected to focus on the widely read memo which argued in part that gender gap in the tech industry could be attributed to biological differences between men and women. At a coding event for teen girls that evening, Pitch Eye encouraged the group of young women to pursue careers in tech.>> There's a place for you. At Google. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You belong here and we need you. The engineer behind the controversial memo, James Damore, was fired from the company. And has since been embraced by several right wing groups. They say Google oppresses Free speech. Controversial Conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulus targeted some of Google's employees on social media, publicizing their Twitter biographies. Google's diversity VP privatized her Twitter feed after reportedly receiving a slew of racist and sexist insults The [UNKNOWN] is now reviewing emails from employees. He says a vast majority support his firing of [UNKNOWN] Though others voice concerns about speaking freely at work. The company now plans to hold forums for employees to discuss their concerns. Carter Evans CBS News Mountain View California.