Oculus Co-Founder Palmer Luckey Is Out at Facebook

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey
Oculus cofounder Palmer Luckey. Business Insider
Author

31 March, 2017

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the departure on Thursday and sent Recode the following statement. It looks like someone-executives at Oculus, Facebook, or Luckey himself-saw fit to make the separation permanent.

Luckey has been largely absent from public view for the past several months, following a Daily Beast piece revealing his involvement with the pro-Trump group Nimble America.

Oculus spoke with Gamespot on the matter, noting, "Palmer will be dearly missed".

UploadVR say they asked if Luckey's departure was voluntary, to which Facebook declined to comment due to their internal policies.

United Nations chief in Iraq backs fight against Islamic State group
At least 15 people have been killed in a suicide auto bomb attack on a police checkpoint in Iraq's capital Baghdad, officials say. The attack came as US-backed forces are launching fierce fighting in western Mosul.


Saudis announce new tax rate for Aramco amid plans for IPO
China's e-commerce business Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has claim to the world's biggest IPO, after it raised $25 billion in 2014. By drastically reducing the tax rate, more cash will go to the potential owners of the Saudi Aramco compared to the government.


Seahawks' Trevone Boykin Arrested After Friend's Car Crashes Into Dallas Bar
Boykin is now on probation for a bar fight incident in 2015 when he was starting quarterback at Texas Christian University. The Seahawks quarterback and former TCU star was booked into Dallas County Jail at 4:43 a.m., according to online records.


In February, Facebook lost a $500 million lawsuit against game development firm ZeniMax.

A year ago during the election, Luckey came under fire when it was revealed that he had donated to a group known for distributing anti-Hillary Clinton memes on the internet. That spurred Facebook's purchase of Oculus for almost $3 billion in 2014. "Palmer's legacy extends far beyond Oculus", Oculus said in a statement.

The virtual reality entrepreneur has been in hot water for awhile now. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and build an industry.

Oculus has reorganized with former Google and Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra leading all of Facebook's virtual reality efforts including Oculus. Facebook said it will appeal the decision. "We're thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR and wish him the best".


More news


  • GOP pulls bill to repeal Obamacare

    From across the country, in the other Washington , political leaders reacted. "The Republican Party is a party without a goal ". Those Republicans wanted the bill to go much further, while some GOP moderates felt it went too far.
    Police union warns of Trump's sanctuary city plan

    Police union warns of Trump's sanctuary city plan

    The White House billed the get together as a "listening session", but that didn't stop the Republican leader from speaking first. Department of Justice, which exposed a "pattern and practice of excessive force" within CPD and institutional racism.
    Bungie Officially Announces Destiny 2

    Bungie Officially Announces Destiny 2

    Back in September, a rumour appeared on NeoGAF that a "friend at Activision" had told him that Destiny 2 would be coming to PC . With Destiny 2 said to arrive sometime in September , it's only fitting more bite-sized morsels would be fed to the masses.
  • Brazil secure World Cup 2018 spot after beating Paraguay

    Brazil secure World Cup 2018 spot after beating Paraguay

    Coach Tite, who has won seven straight games in qualifiers since he took over in September, had his best days at Corinthians. Brazil extended its cushion atop CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying Tuesday night, defeating Paraguay 3-0 in Sao Paulo .
    US Coast Guard seizes 16 tons of cocaine

    US Coast Guard seizes 16 tons of cocaine

    Coast Guard officials said the drugs were intercepted along Central and South America by Coast Guard and Canadian crews. HMCS Saskatoon out of CFB Esquimalt was involved in the massive cocaine bust that seized 14.5 tonnes of the drug.
    Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel

    Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel

    However, the Saints should be intrigued by the idea of adding a young quarterback to their roster in some capacity. The tender is for $3.91 million and Butler can't be dealt by New England if he doesn't sign it.
  • Uncertainty surrounds the future of West Ham boss Slaven Bilic

    After losing five of their opening six games, the club now reside 12th in the standings, 17 points adrift of the top seven. "They are locals, they are West Ham, they talk to the papers, Twitter, Instagram, that one, that one", said Bilic.
    Truecaller to Receive Video Calling Feature Thanks to Google

    Truecaller to Receive Video Calling Feature Thanks to Google

    Truecaller has made a massive move to become an alternate messaging application, while also adding unique features of its own. In an event in New Delhi, Truecaller today announced a couple of partnership to boost up its presence in India.
    Lauderdale under a severe thunderstorm warning

    Lauderdale under a severe thunderstorm warning

    It is likely that severe thunderstorms will develop by Wednesday afternoon, spreading east across the Four State region. Remaining portions of Arkansas are in a slight-risk category, meaning short-lived scattered storms could spring up.
  • Oil rises on Libya disruption and likely Opec output cut extension

    Our base case assumption includes an extension of the OPEC cuts beyond June 30, albeit with weaker compliance in H2 2017. The impact of this production curb was largely ineffective due to rising U.S. production during the same time.

    In Trump's White House drama, Priebus is favorite target

    In that review, the GAO estimated that an official speech in IL , followed by a golf weekend in Florida, cost about $3.6 million. Trump's lawyer pledged at a January 11 news conference to donate Trump Hotel profits from foreign governments to the Treasury.

    U.S. attorney general: sanctuary cities may lose Justice Dept grants

    Over 140 jurisdictions in the USA have identified themselves as sanctuaries so far, according to the network. Among the sanctuary cities are San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles.