On Y Combinator’s Defense of Peter Thiel

Jason Putorti, in a piece published on Startup Grind a week ago:

What Mr. Graham, not a stranger to allegations of misogyny himself, and Mr. Altman are being insensitive to is the fact that for many people, myself included, wrapping Donald Trump in the blanket of “a major party nominee” is normalizing his behavior. So because Mr. Trump is a major party nominee, normalizing rape culture and referring to it as “locker room talk” is treated as normal political speech.

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Palantir, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook

It was a Palantir employee in London, working closely with the data scientists building Cambridge’s psychological profiling technology, who suggested the scientists create their own app — a mobile-phone-based personality quiz — to gain access to Facebook users’ friend networks, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.

Qui a No Rocket Science non abbiamo tanta passione per Peter Thiel, come si ricorderanno i lettori più affezionati. Onestamente però non stupisce che un dipendente della sua società abbia dato l’idea a Cambridge Analytica di usare delle ingenuità1Ingenuità un cazzo, ma lasciamo perdere. nella struttura di Facebook, né convince la smentita secondo la quale è stata un’iniziativa personale e che loro non c’entran niente:

“There were senior Palantir employees that were also working on the Facebook data,” said Christopher Wylie, a data expert and Cambridge Analytica co-founder, in testimony before British lawmakers on Tuesday.

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Project Include breaks off relationships with Y Combinator

And that’s because Peter Thiel funded Trump’s campaign of hate, harassment, fear.

At Project Include, our mission is to give everyone a fair chance to succeed in the workplace. “Everyone” means all groups to us, but we draw a line at individuals who fund violence and hate. We believe differences should be bridged with tolerance and empathy, not amplified by rage and fear. Diversity and inclusion are the source of open discussions and better decisions.

Kudos to them. It takes a good amount of courage to stand up for your beliefs, and we totally support them. Y Combinator President, Sam Altman, is defending his business partner. It’s not easy, when there’s some personal relationship on the line. But we think that on such high level profiles have to be held accountable before the community, and Thiel’s not an employee, but a business partner.

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