Apple has fired Antonio García Martínez, an ex-Facebook product manager whom the company just hired, after employees circulated a petition noting he authored a controversial book about Silicon Valley where he expressed misogynistic views on women, The Verge reports.
“We are deeply concerned about the recent hiring of Antonio García Martínez,” employees wrote in the petition. “His misogynistic statements in his autobiography — such as ‘Most women in the Bay Area are soft and weak, cosseted and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit’ (further quoted below this letter) — directly oppose Apple’s commitment to Inclusion & Diversity.”
More than 2,000 employees signed the petition before it was published by The Verge.
The book in question is 2016’s “Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley” published by HarperCollins. It’s an autobiography that details Martinez career experiences with launching AdGrok, selling it to Twitter, and working at Facebook from its pre-IPO stage.