There’s been a number of negative reports about Google’s subsidiary Nest recently, based on leaks from anonymous sources within the company.
Google’s not happy about it.
And to stop those leaks, Google has set up an internal website for employees to report whistleblowers, according to The Information.
The report says Google’s global investigations team manager, Brian Katz, recently told Nest employees about the internal whistleblower website at an all-hands meeting. He encouraged them to air their frustrations with the company by talking to management, instead of taking it to the press, according to the report.
The Information article also tells the story of a former Nest employee who was allegedly fired for posting complaints about the company on Facebook. Google has an internal policy that bans employees from speaking to the press, it says.
Nest, the smart-home company Google bought for $3.2 billion, has faced a number of reports recently indicating internal turmoil. The Information published a brutal profile of its CEO Tony Fadell, while Business Insider previously reported on some of the product problems and overall disorganization. Recode also shared some of the funny images mocking Nest and Fadell that were posted on Google’s internal network.
Google’s representative wasn’t immediately available for comment.