Palmer Luckey, Oculus Co-Founder Departs Facebook Following Media Smear
Palmer Luckey Oculus Rift
(Last Updated On: March 30, 2017)

After media outlets aligned with former Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, organized a smear campaign against Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey back in September, 2016, the techno-guru mostly disappeared from the public eye. Gizmodo attempted to start a harassment campaign against him and his then girlfriend – a supporter of #GamerGate and current President of the United States, Donald Trump– but she ended up deleting her Twitter account to avoid harassment. Well, now that the dust has settled, Luckey is now officially departing from Facebook according to the latest reports.

UploadVR published a statement from Facebook that reads…

“Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry. We’re thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best.”

Following the media tirade against Palmer Luckey for having been involved with funding a political action committee who posted an anti-Hillary Clinton billboard, Luckey took his leave from social media. He posted an apology before doing so, clearly making it known that he didn’t intend for the fallout to happen in the way that it did, writing…

“I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners.The recent news stories about me do not accurately represent my views.

 

“Here’s more background: I contributed $10,000 to Nimble America because I thought the organization had fresh ideas on how to communicate with young voters through the use of several billboards. I am a libertarian who has publicly supported Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the past, and I plan on voting for Gary in this election as well.”

The apology didn’t reduce the amount of media abuse Luckey received for his efforts of not supporting Hillary Clinton. Gizmodo even published a regular series of articles attempting to keep track of Luckey’s whereabouts after he went radio silent, following the first wave of salvos.

The media’s unethical corpulence continually manifested in attacks against Luckey and his girlfriend, which actually netted them some indirect admonishment from the SPJ president, Lynn Walsh.

Palmer Luckey helped usher in mainstream attention to VR when he took the Oculus Rift to Kickstarter back in 2012. Facebook stepped in years later and bought out Oculus for $2 billion. Despite protests and anguish from backers, Facebook helped speed up the development and release of the Rift, which launched for consumers just last year along with the rival headsets from HTC and Sony.

Now that Palmer Luckey is out of the Oculus game, he can take his millions and hide away on an island if he wants.

Many of the commenters on the UploadVR website make it known that they aren’t pleased with the fact that practicing “wrongthink” in the eyes of the media can cost you your job. Others are attempting to put the blame on Luckey taking the stand during the ZeniMax and Facebook trial over some allegedly copyrighted code, but that fell on the shoulders of John Carmack, not Palmer Luckey.

Regardless, this sends a strong message to the tech community that if they don’t support the media’s appointed political savior and if they don’t toe the line of the regressive left, they’ll eventually find themselves facing an unending barrage of scrutiny and excoriation at the hands of vindictive media pundits.

(Main image courtesy of The Next Tech)


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  • Balpa

    Leftists don’t stop their vicious attacks until their target is destroyed.
    That’s why we have no choice but to get rid of them.

  • Lars Anderson

    Good career move.

  • BubbaHoTep

    “Remember everyone; Gamergaters are the bad guys because they harass women and Trump supporters are evil because they are intolerant bigots. Now that that’s taken care of, let’s begin our smear and libel campaign and get a woman harassed off of twitter and ruin a man’s career because he supports different ideas from ours. Because it’s okay when we do it.”

    If only holding a mirror up to them was enough to get them to see the problem with their actions and make them stop. Or reflect their gaze back at them and turn them to stone, either works for me.

    • Disqusted

      Stone plz!

  • Disqusted

    Stupid fake media attacking innocent people all the time, while always constantly protecting blatant criminal activity. The day can’t come soon enough when they all burn at the stake for a billion crimes against humanity.

    It’s a shame Oculus can’t leave Facebook. It would be like a phoenix rising from the downtrodden and spat on ashes.

    • But Oculus knew Facebook is left-wing for many……many…..years.

  • Hawk Hopper

    Palmer Luckey is another example of why you never apologize for offending people. He said he was sorry, and they kept coming after him, and he slinked away with his tail between his legs.

    Nobody else in the tech industry needs to apologize for who they politically support (he supported Johnson, which is retarded, but I don’t expect him to apologize to me or anyone else for it, but he’d probably would say sorry).

    Now that he’s gone, he’ll still be viewed as some sort of alt-right racist.