- Pax Dickinson was asked to leave his position as chief technology officer at Business Insider following backlash from a series for crude tweets on his personal Twitter account, which included racist remarks and disparaging comments about women.
- Initially, Business Insider President Julie Hansen declined to comment when AdWeek asked about the CTO's Twitter behavior, but CEO/Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget later issued a statement saying Dickinson had received the boot.
- The tweets first surfaced on Gawker Media's Valleywag and the social media chatter soon followed, with Dickinson's behavior threatening to tarnish the brand's image.
feminism in tech remains the champion topic for my block list. my finger is getting tired.— Pax Dickinson (@paxdickinson) September 9, 2013
From the article:
[CEO statement] "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.
Business Insider's team is composed of more than 100 talented men and women of many backgrounds, and we highly value this diversity."