In April 2009, Poole was voted the world's most influential person of 2008 by an open Internet poll conducted by Time magazine.  The results were questioned even before the poll completed, as automated voting programs and manual ballot stuffing were used to influence the vote.    4chan's interference with the vote seemed increasingly likely, when it was found that reading the first letter of the first 21 candidates in the poll spelled out a phrase containing two 4chan memes: "mARBLECAKE. ALSO, THE GAME ." 
The first two dialogue balloons in the internal Google meme said “I agree” and “I disagree,” in apparent reference to the contents of the memo. The third dialogue ballon, associated with the character being beaten, said, “I leaked.”
A Google spokesperson did not respond to a phone call or an email requesting comment on the threat and the company’s policies regarding violent threats in the workplace. In a statement before the memo’s author was fired, Google’s Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance Danielle Brown said the company aims to support diverse opinions, so long as they are expressed in ways that fall within the company’s code of conduct.
Gionet, who had talent once upon a time, is a toxic asset, cast out and required to ingratiate himself with MAGA chuds in order to bring in some kind of income. Meanwhile, Clancy and Portnoy are at a growing company with a loyal fanbase. These people buy the figurative and literal merchandise, which creates an identity. They’re willing to overlook unreadable, error-filled blogs for the personalities they enjoy, even if they complain that the presence of investors and an actual CEO might force the website would have to tuck in its shirt, fix its hair, and stop cracking rape jokes . Clancy, who hosts radio shows for the company and has a large following, retains value. It’s worth defending him. Spagnuolo and Gay Pat aren’t seen in the same light. (Poor Gay Pat is still blogging away as of publication; who knows if he’ll keep his job.)