According to a report published late Wednesday by Axios, Apple has broken ties with Antonio Garcia-Martinez, a recent hire and author, following outrage from workers who were offended by sexist remarks made in his book Chaos Monkeys. According to his LinkedIn profile, Garcia-Martinez is a former Facebook product manager who joined Apple advertising team in March.
Women in the San Francisco Bay Area are described as “soft and frail, cosseted and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit” in a screenshot from his book, which circulated on Twitter in 2016. Garcia-departure Martinez’s comes after a recent petition signed by at least 2,000 Apple workers demanding an investigation into Garcia-hiring, Martinez’s who is also a published author for WIRED. The Verge was the first to print the petition.
The petition said, “We demand an investigation into how his published views on women and people of color were missed or ignored, along with a clear plan of action to prevent this from happening again.” Garcia-hiring Martinez’s was announced this week, following a recent escalation in the Apple-Facebook feud over Apple latest App Tracking Transparency feature in iOS 14.5.
iPhone users who use applications like Facebook are asked if they want their web activity tracked for advertising purposes. Facebook has criticised the now-implemented privacy feature, which was first introduced at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2020. Facebook claims the privacy reform would affect its lucrative advertisement business. To target users with online advertising and make money, Facebook relies on user data. According to a new study, only 5% of regular iOS 14.5 users in the United States have opted in so far.