Palmer Lucky this week stated unequivocally that he was just fired from Facebook.
Lucky, co-founder of Oculus and inventor of Rift, left Facebook in March 2017. This happened after the history of 2016, in which it turned out that the 24-year-old then allocated $ 10,000 to the Trump group. He quickly walked out of the spotlight, disappearing from social networks and missing the 2016 Oculus Connect Developer Conference.
At the time of his departure, Facebook declined to comment on whether Lucky left voluntarily. However, most recently, in November last year, the company denied his dismissal for political views in response to a Wall Street Journal article stating the opposite.
However, in a recent interview with CNBC, Lucky explicitly stated that he was fired.
“I quit because I was fired,” he said in response to questions about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“So I would not leave.”
When he was directly asked why he was fired, he replied:
“Oh, there is no reason. They can fire me for no reason at all. Of course, I gave the $ 10,000 group to Trump, and I think it had something to do with that. ”
A recent book by author Blake Harris also gave an alleged report on the dismissal of Lucky, again claiming that he was fired for his political views. The head of the VR product and co-founder of Oculus, Neith Mitchell, published a statement to the book, which states that this “is not always consistent with what happened.”
After the departure of Lucky and other high-ranking employees, including former CEO Brendan Iriba, Oculus lost all the “oldies” in its composition of directors. However, he did not die. This week, the company launched an updated version of the Rift called the Rift S. It also released a new stand-alone headset called the Oculus Quest.
Lucky, meanwhile, is now running a defense technology company called Anduril Industries. Despite his departure from Facebook, he suggested that the collapse of the company would not fix the recent problems in Silicon Valley.
“I’m not sure that getting rid of Mark will solve the problems,” he said.
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