A former Google employee decided to shed some crucial information on the company.
While the tech giant is infamous for privacy breaches, a pedophile doomsday cult isn’t exactly what one would expect to hear when they’re talking about a search engine.
Kevin Lloyd, the 34-year-old employee in question, claims he was let go from his position at Google Developer Studio, due to him questioning whether the cult’s influence was swaying the company’s overall goals.
Doomsday cults, tech corporations, pretty standard stuff
In August last year, Lloyd filed a lawsuit to the Superior Court of California, stating he was removed from his position for snooping around the “Fellowship of Friends,” as the cult calls itself.
The lawsuit against the cult claims it to be destructive and malicious, with a pedophile leader who makes false prophecies regarding the apocalypse.
This isn’t exactly doing any harm until you take into account that a majority of the cult’s members work at the world’s leading internet company.
Google fired one of its employees Kevin Lloyd,for blowing the whistle on a doomsday cult-like spiritual organization called the Fellowship of Friends within the company. The cult-like organization was founded in 1970s by Robert Earl Burton, who has been sued for sexual assault. pic.twitter.com/5pf3YHcsBb
— Lisa Marie (@Lisamarie1577) June 20, 2022
Lloyd had his first interaction with the cult in 2017. During this time, he was originally hired by Google to their Developer Studio, a position that includes the creation of advertisements and animations.
Soon after, he noticed 25 of his colleagues in the department were from a small town called Oregon House, 180 miles north of the Silicon Valley.
Naturally, Google being a large company, he decided to write it off, believing it to be a coincidence. However, after he started hearing other employees were also from the town that homes a grand total of 1,250, Lloyd realized something was off.
Is a bizarre Doomsday Sex Cult operating within Google 'Fellowship of Friends' ? pic.twitter.com/aDvg9loETl
— Kevin 'Data is the New Oil' Leversee (@LeverseeKevin) June 20, 2022
25 workers from a “town” with a population of 1,250
A year later, in 2018, a freelancer working at their office told Lloyd that Oregon House isn’t a real town, but rather a doomsday cult. This is a term we all hoped died out in 2012 when the Mayan prophecy proved to be false.
This caused him to start an investigation into the “Fellowship of Friends.” That led him to a dozen support groups and forums for former members recovering from trauma acquired in the Fellowship.
As it turns out, the cult was originally created in 1970 by former San Francisco school teacher Robert Earl Burton. He was found to have sexually assaulted a number of young boys; although both the 1984 and 1996 lawsuits were settled out of court.
Google must investigate this & do right by any victims, both FTEs and TVCs. They should actively provide support to workers who’ve been victimized by this cult.
GDS workers deserve better. We're standing with them in demanding Google address this.
— Alphabet Workers Union (AWU-CWA) (@AlphabetWorkers) June 16, 2022
What’s more, the cult owns a winery where members work when they’re not “studying arts and crafts.”
Google bought a substantial amount of wine from the Grant Marie Winery, a vineyard affiliated with the Fellowship, run by one of its members.
Soon after Lloyd got fired from Google, investigative journalist Jennings Brown decided to publish the fruits of his three-year-long investigation into the Fellowship of Friends, with the podcast titled “Revelations” still available on Spotify.
He found that aside from the GDS being populated by cult members, its director, Peter Lubbers, was a long-standing member of the doomsday cult, joining shortly after he immigrated to the US from the Netherlands.
2021 lawsuit against Google is from a whistleblower employee that says he got fired after exposing a Sex Cult in the company 😯
He was earning 130k+ at Google, claims at least 12 employees have helped other cult members from the 'Fellowship of Friends' get jobs there pic.twitter.com/Td2kY5LuMN
— CensorThis (@Censor__This) June 20, 2022
However, the New York Times wasn’t going to stand for potentially violent cultists getting pushed around.
He organized an interview with Lubbers where he claimed his religious views had nothing to with the department’s hiring process.
Google also attempted to shield themselves from controversy, claiming they’re legally not allowed to ask for employees’ religious affiliations.