Facebook fired Oculus co-founder for supporting Trump Report

Facebook reportedly pressured Palmer Luckey to support a politician

In an apology posted on Facebook that month, Mr. Luckey denied writing the NimbleRichMan posts and said he "contributed $10,000 to NimbleAmerica because I thought the organization had fresh ideas on how to communicate with young voters through the use of several billboards".

Yet the evidence clearly supports the very different take of another ex-employee, a former senior engineer: Facebook has a "political monoculture that's intolerant of different views". Palmer was reportedly asked to leave the company after it was found he donated a sum of $10,000 to an anti-Hillary Clinton group during the 2016 United States presidential elections.

On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Palmer Luckey, a former Facebook executive and founder of Oculus, a virtual-reality platform, was sacked by the social media giant six months after he donated $10,000 to an anti-Hillary Clinton group ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Luckey, who reportedly told people at work he supported Trump, didn't change his views and he was put on leave after his donation was revealed internally and later fired in March 2017.

Palmer Luckey has never said why he was sacked from Facebook, but some suspect it was because of his pro-Trump political leanings.

Mr. Luckey's ouster from Facebook was a harbinger of battles that have broken out over the past year over the overwhelmingly liberal culture of Silicon Valley, which has given the tech industry public-relations headaches and brought unwanted attention from Washington.

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In a statement to FOX Business, a Facebook spokesperson said, "All details associated with specific personnel matters are kept strictly confidential".

More damning, the report also noted, Luckey subsequently hired an employment lawyer who argued that Facebook illegally punished him for his political activities and negotiated an exit package of at least $100 million for Luckey to keep the matter from going to court.

"So much has happened since the day we founded Oculus in July 2012. And now, after six incredible years, I am moving on", Iribe said in a Facebook post.

In an article titled "Why Did Facebook Fire a Top Executive?"

The Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger left the company in September.

One of them, Brian Acton, told Forbes that Zuckerberg was in a rush to make money from the messaging service and undermine elements of its encryption technology.


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