The WSJ spoke with people familiar with the matter, who said Luckey’s support for Trump upset several at Facebook, as well as many in the Silicon Valley.
“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,” the report noted.
Reacting to the WSJ report, Facebook said details about specific personnel are kept strictly confidential.
“We always made it clear that any mention of politics was up to Palmer, and we did not pressure him to say something that was not factual or true,” Quartz reported, citing a Facebook statement.
In October, Luckey said his exit from Facebook was not of his own choosing.
“I can’t talk about it too much, but I’ll say that it wasn’t my choice to leave,” Luckey told CNBC.
Luckey left Facebook amid controversy surrounding his political contributions and financial support of far-right groups.
“So much has happened since the day we founded Oculus in July 2012. I never could have imagined how much we would accomplish and how far we would come. And now, after six incredible years, I am moving on,” Iribe said in a Facebook post.
Several key Facebook executives have quit over the last months.
Zukerberg’s goal to monetise WhatsApp forced the mobile messaging service’s co-founders also to leave.
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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