Oculus says Palmer Luckey's new role within the company will be revealed 'soon'

Brendan Iribe stepped down as CEO earlier today.

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Following the news that Brendan Iribe stepped down as Oculus CEO to lead Facebook's VR team, UploadVR asked a company spokesperson for word on whether or not Palmer Luckey will remain with the company.

"Palmer is still at Oculus and we’ll have more to share on his new role soon," the representative answered.

Palmer Luckey was the public face of Oculus and its Rift VR headset until last September, when The Daily Beast revealed his involvement with a propaganda group that supported Donald Trump's successful bid for the American presidency.

Luckey has been uncharacteristically silent on social media since the story broke, surfacing only to issue an apology—but not for the pro-Trump memes he helped propagate.

"I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners," he wrote in his statement. "The recent news stories about me do not accurately represent my views."

Despite his silence, Luckey does remain with Oculus, which he and other executives sold to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014.

[Source: UploadVR]

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    December 13, 2016 4:03 PM

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      December 13, 2016 4:04 PM

      Director of the Custodial Arts.

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      December 13, 2016 4:07 PM

      Head of Antisocial Media

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      December 13, 2016 4:08 PM

      Tech advisor to Donald Trump

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      December 13, 2016 4:10 PM

      Technology czar

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      December 13, 2016 4:10 PM

      Chief Elephant in the Room

      https://youtu.be/oqlC3_8bp3U

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        December 14, 2016 7:34 AM

        Why doesn't this video have more views?

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      December 13, 2016 4:17 PM

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      December 13, 2016 4:20 PM

      Associate Vice President of Shut Your Pie Hole

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      December 13, 2016 4:22 PM

      CMO (Chief Meme Officer)

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      December 13, 2016 4:23 PM

      Social media director.

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      December 13, 2016 4:24 PM

      Director of service delivery

      This is my role

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      December 13, 2016 4:28 PM

      dude is a disgrace. In the past I've had mixed feelings about calls for people to be fired based on their political views, but this is different, Palmer should have left.

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      December 13, 2016 4:35 PM

      Wasn't he something like "Chief Evangelist" before? I guess he can't be that if they are going to kill his interaction with the public.

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      December 13, 2016 4:39 PM

      If they want me to ever buy a rift it better be they renamed the executive washroom as "The Palmer"

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      December 13, 2016 4:39 PM

      He's going to have a stupid start-up title like "Innovation & Synergy Warlock"

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      December 13, 2016 4:58 PM

      Shoeless Dork

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      December 13, 2016 5:13 PM

      Pied Piper'd

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      December 13, 2016 5:13 PM

      Top Shithead

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      December 13, 2016 5:58 PM

      What a moron.

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      December 13, 2016 6:06 PM

      So, what's the deal with Palmer? He obviously doesn't strike me as an actual Trump supporter. Was it all literally just "for the lols" as the brethren of Harambe would say? Is he then the actual worst person, given that Trump miraculously won?

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        December 13, 2016 6:14 PM

        He's an actual trump supporter that may or may not have had a significant impact on the outcome of the election.

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        December 13, 2016 6:16 PM

        10k for dank memes is nothing to someone with a net worth of $900 million.

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          December 13, 2016 6:19 PM

          But it's not nothing, especially to that organization I'd imagine. It's $10k! Does Palmer donate to a lot of charities/causes "recklessly" shall we say?

          I don't get that guy except that he seems to make bad decisions. If he's a true believer then that's a whole other thing.

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            December 13, 2016 6:20 PM

            Dude probably blows $200k in Vegas during CES. I agree that he screwed up royally.

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              December 14, 2016 7:21 AM

              Being able to casually blow $200k and also a Trump supporter is a terrible Venn diagram to be included in, lol.

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        December 13, 2016 6:44 PM

        I wouldn't be surprised if he was less pro-Trump and more anti-Hillary, like many voters were.

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          December 13, 2016 6:47 PM

          Oh, no. Given the stuff he was involved in he was either super-pro-Trump or super-Trolling.

          I suspect the latter, but I think only he knows for sure.

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          December 13, 2016 7:44 PM

          What's the functional difference?

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            December 13, 2016 8:13 PM

            It lets the anti-Hillary crowd delude themselves into thinking they're not responsible for Donny.

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        December 14, 2016 6:11 AM

        That guy was filmed at a trump rally, said he talked to and tried to convince trump to run, has spent 10k secretly on financing shit posts and trolls, made some really fucking douchey/dumb posts on reddit and his girl friends was an avid poster of racist/redneck batshit insane pro trump shit on twitter. It's safe to say that he is a trump supporter.

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        December 14, 2016 8:14 AM

        Palmer Luckey strikes me as the type of person who doesn't really know how to interact with other people, but he found a community of people online that shares a lot of his social anxieties and societal frustrations and has made him feel welcome and included in a way that he hasn't been able to achieve in reality.

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      December 13, 2016 6:25 PM

      I bet/hope his next AMA is less polite.

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      December 13, 2016 6:45 PM

      haha why are they even announcing this

      lmao

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      December 13, 2016 6:46 PM

      Mista busta

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      December 13, 2016 6:49 PM

      The internet's hysterical overreaction to Luckey was embarrassing. I had hoped people were over it, but I guess not.

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        December 13, 2016 7:51 PM

        the thing he did was pretty shitty and it was also dumb that he even admitted to it

        i'm sure many silicon valley assholes secretly contribute vast sums of cash to terrible politicians but most of them are at least smart enough to not talk about it

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          December 13, 2016 7:54 PM

          Hear no/speak no/see no evil

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        December 13, 2016 8:15 PM

        You can't just have a different political opinion you must be destroyed as an example to others.

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        December 14, 2016 1:05 AM

        I hate to say it, but the only thing I can only hate him for is astrotrufing. It's trashy, even if the cost to benefit is great, it has all the elegance of telephone fishing.

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        December 14, 2016 9:35 AM

        It was that all his political nonsense came after months of early Occulus supporters getting fucked over. Then on top of that, all the exclusivity bullshit. People were hating him before that. It was a new thing every 2 weeks that was a PR nightmare, followed by him supporting trolling people for Trump. Fuck that guy.

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          December 14, 2016 9:47 AM

          I still don't really get why people say he fucked over early occulus supporters? Didn't they all get exactly what they paid for- a device? I'm sure there's some facts I'm missing because it sounds like kickstarter as usual?

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      December 13, 2016 7:56 PM

      Digital Prophet

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      December 13, 2016 9:15 PM

      Lay off (beta)

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      December 13, 2016 11:29 PM

      He's on Charlie Rose or something right now.

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      December 14, 2016 12:26 AM

      Palmer Luckey
      Manager, Losing Friends and Influence.

      Reports to: Notch.

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      December 14, 2016 8:48 AM

      Making Oculus Great Again

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      December 14, 2016 9:19 AM

      Head of Strategic Magazine Covers

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