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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.

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14 2018, @04:11AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14 2018, @04:11AM (#761590)

    Your reply simply reeks of whataboutism and distraction from the point.

    I guess you're right, the most insecure people in the world believe all the lies told to them and revere Trump because he is an obnoxious self-important asshole. They believe the lies so why should they be angry? The insecure desire that which they lack and revere Trump despite his beyond flagrantly immoral nature. He is an asshole to the people they don't like so they don't care about anything else and forget to really check the truth. He dropped a phat one on some poor city, he acts like an asshole to allies and sucks up like a fat pig to countries very hostile to the US. He is THEIR asshole. Even when he stabs them in the back they will die a happy death knowing they died for the cause.

    "We demand you let us discriminate against 'the gays', control other people's bodies and women's in particular, and ignore all the atrocities of prejudice."

    I doubt you're intentions are pure, but if so then your citation is off-topic and should be filed under "Case 1,832,922 of the corrupt officials investigations."

    I have no problem with you trying to root out corruption, but given the thread's start it seems more likely you're only trying to pivot the discussion. May I assume you are the same AC I'm replying to? If so then "No one who voted for Trump regrets anything except that he doesn't seem to have done anything about the rampant corruption of his supposed opponents" is the most batshit crazy statement trying to shift the blame immediately despite overwhelming evidence... I mean... just wow shill. Just wow.

    I guess it helps if your readers are psychologically vulnerable when certain topics are brought up.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14 2018, @04:33AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 14 2018, @04:33AM (#761601)

    Sorry, forgot to sign the above post:

    • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Wednesday November 14 2018, @05:15AM

      by aristarchus (2645) on Wednesday November 14 2018, @05:15AM (#761608) Journal

      Sorry, forgot to sign the above post:

      Nope, wasn't me! And, oh, if you are going to deal in fake news and false attribution, you should learn to spell correctly. Proper names, at least.

      Signed, Anofibulous Cowinkle