Antonio García Martínez no longer works hours after the employees at Apple distributed a petition call for an investigation into his attitude. Martínez, a former Facebook product manager on the ad targeting team, authored a controversial book on Silicon Valley in which he expressed misogynistic views on women.
“We are deeply concerned about the recent appointment of Antonio García Martínez,” the staff wrote on the petition. “His misogynistic statements in his autobiography – like ‘Most Bay Area women are soft and weak, spoiled and naive, despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit. ‘ (cited below) – Directly reject Apple’s commitment to inclusion and diversity. “
More than 2,000 employees signed the letter before it was published in The edge.
Shortly after the petition was circulated internally at Apple, Martínez’s Slack account was deactivated. The ad platform team was invited to an emergency meeting at which it was confirmed that Martínez would no longer work for the company.
In a statement emailed to The edgeAn Apple spokesperson said: “At Apple, we’ve always strived to create an inclusive, welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted. Behavior that humiliates or discriminates against people for whom they are has no place here. “