Apple fires newly hired former Facebook employee who published “misogynistic” autobiography in the past
Apple has fired a new employee after thousands of employees asked the company to investigate how it hired the man who previously published an autobiography that they believe contained misogynistic statements.
Antonio García Martínez, former product manager for Facebook targeted ads and author of the 2016 autobiography Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, joined Apple’s advertising team in April, according to his LinkedIn profile. .
García Martínez’s book describes his life in the San Francisco Bay Area tech scene from 2010 to 2014. His career began as a quantitative strategist at Goldman Sachs before moving to Silicon Valley, where he eventually started a startup or technology startup. AdGrok, which he later sold to Twitter, and later worked as a product manager at Facebook between 2011 and 2013. In addition to his book, García Martínez has written for publications such as Wired.
On Monday, Business Insider saw García Martínez’s new position, quoted on his LinkedIn profile. On Tuesday evening, some Apple employees began circulating an internal “letter of concern” pointing out several passages of Garcia Martinez in “Chaos Monkeys” as problematic. Apple employees argued in a letter seen by CNN Business that the passages contradict Apple’s commitment to inclusion.
To illustrate his point, the letter, first seen and reported on Wednesday by technology site The Verge, after more than 2,000 employee signatures had been collected, contained excerpts from his writing.
“Most Bay Area women are soft and weak, spoiled and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and they are generally full of shit,” says one line in a passage from “Chaos Monkeys.” She continued: “ They have their selfish feminism and they brag about their independence ceaselessly, but the reality is, with the epidemic plague or a foreign invasion, they would become just the kind of useless baggage you’d trade in for a box of shotgun. shells. or a gun. can of diesel ‘.
Another excerpt from the book quoted in the letter describes the initial funding of a startup and contained the following sentence: “To make a comparison, a capped note is like seducing five women in a row, while a investment round five must convince women to do a six with you.
“We are deeply shocked at what this hiring means for Apple’s commitment to achieving its inclusion goals, and for the real and immediate impact on those who work close to Mr. García Martínez. It calls into question parts of our inclusion system at Apple, including recruiting panels, background checks, and our process of ensuring that our existing inclusion culture is strong enough to withstand those who don’t share our inclusive values. ‘it says on the letter.
The letter also required the company to investigate how García Martínez’s published views on women and people of color were ignored in the recruitment process, and to develop a “clear plan of action to prevent this from happening again.”
“Given Mr. García Martínez in posting overtly racist and sexist comments about his former colleagues, we are concerned that his presence at Apple is helping to create an unsafe work environment for our colleagues at risk of public and private harassment. “In the letter was written.
García Martínez did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN Business, although he did appear to see a direct message to his verified Twitter profile.
While employees of tech companies like Google and Facebook have publicly raised issues of internal culture in recent years, this episode was a rare expression of disagreement among Apple’s workforce. Many Apple employees took to Twitter on Wednesday to communicate openly about it, underscoring the importance of addressing the situation for the company.
“The reason I accepted this letter rather than any other method is that while I trust Apple’s culture and leadership to do the right thing, it still completely contradicted that trust and those feelings,” Cher said. . , an Apple engineer who asked for privacy reasons not to share her last name.
“At Apple, we’ve always strived to create an inclusive and welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted. Behavior that humiliates or discriminates against people for who they are does not belong here, ” said an Apple spokesperson.