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Business Insider CTO Forced to Resign Following Twitter Firestorm (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
Pax Dickinson has been forced to resign as chief technology officer at Business Insider following an online firestorm over his long history of controversial tweets, according to a source who has been in contact with him. Dickinson got in hot water Monday over his most recent string of tweets about feminism, misogyny and women in tech. A look at his tweets from over the years uncovered many more instances of Dickinson bashing feminists, gays and the poor, among others. FishbowlNY How offensive were his tweets? Well, it depends on which ones you want to discuss. Dickinson dabbled in pretty much everything. HuffPost The brouhaha began around the time Dickinson offered this opinion on the issue of women in tech: “Feminism in tech remains the champion topic for my block list. My finger is getting tired,” he tweeted. The flurry of responses caught the eye of Nitasha Tiku over at Gawker’s Valleywag. Tiku noticed Dickinson’s Twitter account was littered with posts potentially offending Christians, the LGBT community, women, minimum-wage earners, Jews, rape victims and African-Americans. Slate / XX Factor Dickinson’s tweets were no secret within the company; the website’s chief correspondent, Nicholas Carlson, admitted to blocking his feed so he didn’t have to interact with him on Twitter. “Pax was speaking for himself, not Business Insider. We obviously don’t condone what he said,” the company’s founder, editor and CEO, Henry Blodget, told Valleywag’s Sam Biddle when the retweets began to mount. NY Observer / BetaBeat Dickinson is the most recent and potent example of sexism (and racism, and classism) in tech, but he’s certainly not the only one. Such a rancorous person doesn’t scale the corporate ladder — tweeting all the while! — without some sort of systemic acceptance (or at least tolerance) of his attitudes. Business Insider / Henry Blodget A Business Insider executive has made some comments on Twitter that do not reflect our values and have no place at our company. The executive has left the company, effective immediately.