Thanks Eve, I appreciate your comment, and agree with what you are saying. It was a difficult decision, but I knew that they would be named regardless. See here for why: https://twitter.com/paulbiggar/status/951514703569739781. If I thought there was any chance of the firm being let off the hook I would likely have named them down the line.
> But when “supporting” someone’s emotions means someone should lose their job, the reasonableness of those feelings needs to be assessed to see if, in this case, there is a true risk of a threat.
Good point. You do need to take into account the reasonableness, and I think everyone agrees that things aren’t simple. I think…
To be clear, the suggestion isn’t that he be fired for voicing his political opinion. It’s that since he does not appear to value the safety of women and other minorities, it raises the question of whether you would want Thiel in a position of power over you.
Note that Thiel stepped away from that, saying it was a stupid thing he did in college that he now regrets. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/25/trump-donor-peter-thiel-sorry-date-rape-regret-paypal-facebook
The point isn’t that Thiel should be fired, in the general case. Nor am I making the claim that women’s safety is more important than anything else.
What I’m saying is that if Facebook wishes to claim a pro-diversity policy, then associating with Thiel damages that.
The reason the anger is directed at Thiel is that he has a lot of power in Silicon Valley, and he is using that power to damage the safety that minorities in tech feel. Since Facebook has claims to be pro-diversity, it’s continued association with Thiel damages their claims.
> Would Mr. Biggar call for the firing of those who support Mr. Thiel, too?
The only thing I’m advocating is that if you are an organization that publicly values diversity, then you have to have a power structure that’s consistent with those values.