Cybersecurity CEO Gets Fired After Threatening To Kill Trump On Facebook

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mashable: A San Diego CEO was fired after saying on Facebook that he would get a “sniper rifle” and “kill the president-elect.” Matt Harrigan, CEO of the cybersecurity firm PacketSled, posted the comments on his personal Facebook page, but they ended up on Reddit where Trump supporters found the comments and mobilized to contact law enforcement. “I’m going to kill the president. Elect,” Harrigan wrote. “Bring it Secret Service.” PacketSled said in a statement that it had accepted Harrigan’s resignation. “The PacketSled Board of Directors accepted the resignation of President and CEO Matthew Harrigan, effective immediately,” the company said. “We want to be very clear, PacketSled does not condone the comments made by Mr. Harrigan, which do not reflect the views or opinions of the company, its employees, investors or partners.” In a previous statement, the company said it reported the information to the Secret Service and placed Harrigan on administrative leave. According to The Next Web, Harrigan apologized for his remarks and said the threats were meant to be a joke: “My recent Facebook comment was intended to be a joke, in the context of a larger conversation, and only privately shared as such. Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not engage in this form of rhetoric with any level of seriousness and the comment most certainly does not represent my real personal views in any regard. I apologize if anything that I said was either taken seriously, was offensive, or caused any legitimate concern.”

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