The Founder Of Oculus, META/ Facebook’s Virtual Reality, Was Fired For The Crime Of Donating $9,000 To Donald Trump’s Campaign Palmer Luckey reveals he was fired “Just for supporting Trump” “— I always had good performance reviews. But what it really boiled down to was this. This is my favorite talk by far. What it really boils down to is this. It was clear that there were a lot of people in the media and in the tech industry who were going to continue attacking me. We hoped it would blow over, but they kept attacking me for months and months and months and months. I was put on leave for six months. I don’t know if you know that. Continued below the vid
The Founder Of Oculus, META/ Facebook’s Virtual Reality, Was Fired For The Crime Of Donating $9,000 To Donald Trump’s Campaign
Palmer Luckey reveals he was fired “Just for supporting Trump”
“— I always had good performance reviews. But what it really boiled down to was this.… pic.twitter.com/ZgTfco4NWv
— Wall Street Apes (@WallStreetApes) December 18, 2023
This is all on the heels of this one political donation. Correct. $9,000. Yes. And so on the heels of that, the hope was that it would go away. Now, I think here’s the real problem. I think if Trump had lost, people could have said, oh, well, you know, he’s just one of those eccentric, impact, no impact. He’s a loser. He’s a loser, but whatever. Trump winning is, I think, what made it untenable. Because people continued to attack me, not for the controversy. The $9,000 donation was the reason you were fired. Just for supporting Trump. As you know, these things are very complex, but more or less, yes. I mean, there’s a direct causal line from that to me being put on leave, to me not being allowed to come back and then pushed out. I can’t back this up, obviously. This is getting into personal anecdote, which is never a good way to support any idea, but I know a lot of people who remain at Facebook, and they will not say anything, and they will not donate to any politician who’s left of Bernie because they saw what happened to me and they explicitly said I saw what happened to you.
Remember it wasn’t just the public. It was the internal reaction where people were saying oh my God, like I will not work for a Trump supporter. This is terrible. I mean actually one great example. Andrew Bosworth, he ran ads at Facebook for 14 years. He was put in after my departure as the head of Oculus. And he was the guy who was putting things on social media like I think the exact wording was. if you support Donald Trump because you don’t like Hillary Clinton, you are a shitty human being. And he’s the person who’s allowed to lead Oculus now. It’s not a problem of being aggressive. It’s being on the right side. It’s being on the right side of the politics. And so there’s a lot of people where they’re not going to say anything because they see what happens to me. Now, I’ve… When I hear from you to disagree with, I’ll let you guys know.
The real irony here is my contributions have been very open, but my advice to founders who are on the right has actually been don’t be public about your political leanings because you won’t accomplish anything. You will be terminated by the mob. You should focus on building. You should focus on creating value and then after you don’t need the rest of the industry, you can kick them to the curb and do something else.” – Wall Street Apes
- Meta (formerly Facebook) has made a concerning decision by terminating Palmer Luckey based on his political beliefs. It is crucial to consider if we truly want a company with such actions to have control over our virtual reality. – Demetrius
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