Antonio García Martínez no longer works at Apple hours after employees circulated a petition calling for an investigation into his hiring. Martínez, a former Facebook product manager for the ad targeting team, wrote a controversial Silicon Valley book in which he expressed misogynistic views.
“We are deeply concerned about the recent hiring of Antonio García Martínez,” contributors wrote in the petition. “His misogynistic statements in his autobiography – such as”Most Bay Area women are soft and weak, spoiled and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit ‘ (cited further below this letter) – Directly opposes Apple’s commitment to inclusion and diversity. “
Shortly after the petition began circulating internally at Apple, Martínez’s Slack account was deactivated. The advertising platform team was called to an emergency meeting where it was confirmed that Martínez would no longer work at the company.
In an emailed statement to The Verge, an Apple spokesperson said: “At Apple, we have always strived to create an inclusive, welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted. Behavior that humiliates or discriminates against people for who they are does not belong here. “