Google has previously fired employees who advocated for increased diversity or critiqued the company’s ethics.
Despite Google’s reputation as a leader in AI ethics within the tech industry, its efforts have been marred by controversy and internal criticism.
ADADShe co-founded Black in AI, an advocacy group that has held workshops at major AI conferences and pushed for more Black roles in AI development and research.
Gebru said she is currently on vacation and that the company had immediately terminated her access to company email accounts.
The company has sought to address criticism by releasing statements about its work to increase Black representation in its executive ranks.