A Google spokesman said in a statement, “The company automatically closes employee accounts within its security systems, when it discovers that the account is at risk of being hacked due to accreditation problems or when operating an automated database that includes processing sensitive data. And in Mitchell’s case, our systems discovered yesterday that one of the accounts He stole thousands of files and shared them with multiple external accounts. The matter was explained to the employee earlier today. ”
A company employee, who requested anonymity, said that the administration issued a reprimand to Mitchell, on Tuesday, and was banned from the company account and email, but was not fired.
Google expels Gibro
Mitchell has previously criticized Google for firing Tymnet Gibro, which previously co-led the company’s ethical AI division.
Gibro’s dismissal came the same day the National Labor Relations Board accused Google of spying on employees before firing two workers in 2019.
Last week, Mitchell said in a tweet that she was gathering a sensitive document about Gibro’s expulsion, which will be shared with US computer scientist Jeff Dean and other leaders in the company.
Gieber, best known for showing how facial recognition algorithms are better at recognizing white people than blacks, left the company in a storm of controversy in December.
She said she was fired after the company asked her to withdraw a research paper she co-authored that asked about the artificial intelligence technology at the heart of the company’s search engine, while the company said she had resigned.