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posted by martyb on Tuesday November 13 2018, @11:03PM   Printer-friendly
from the reality,-virtually dept.

Ex-Facebook exec ousted from company sparked controversy with pro-Trump views: report

A former top executive at Facebook who was ousted from the company may have been fired over his support for Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal reported Sunday that Palmer Luckey has recently told people that he was fired for supporting Trump before that year's presidential election. Luckey's donation in September 2016 to NimbleAmerica, a group that funded ads attacking Hillary Clinton, reportedly sparked backlash within Facebook.

Six months after making that donation, Luckey was no longer at the company. The Journal noted that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress this year that Luckey's departure had nothing to do with his political beliefs.

According to the Journal, Luckey was first put on leave and later fired. In the fall of 2016, Zuckerberg pressured Luckey to voice support publicly for Gary Johnson, the libertarian nominee in that year's election, the Journal reported, citing internal emails and sources familiar with the conversations.

"Zuckerberg lied to Congress" could become a bipartisan statement.

Palmer Luckey.

Also at NBC.

Previously: Founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, Departs Facebook
Oculus Co-Founder Pitches Virtual Border Wall

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by NewNic on Tuesday November 13 2018, @11:47PM (2 children)

    by NewNic (6420) on Tuesday November 13 2018, @11:47PM (#761503) Journal

    More importantly though FB should be sued into the ground if they fired him over political affiliations.

    And nothing to do with having to pay ZeniMax $500M?

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  • (Score: 2) by edIII on Wednesday November 14 2018, @12:10AM (1 child)

    by edIII (791) on Wednesday November 14 2018, @12:10AM (#761520)

    Yeah, that alone is why it isn't mystical, requiring the tossing of the bones, to figure out why Luckey was fired. You have to cost the company more than $1 billion, and have the executive keys to the right bathrooms before you can escape consequences.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14 2018, @12:30AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14 2018, @12:30AM (#761528)

      Now I'm torn. I'd really like to see the hurt put on FB but not at the cost of justice. Thanks for the info, now I can respond factually to the inevitable crying about this.