Oculus VR Employees Are Getting Death Threats Following The $2 Billion Facebook Deal – Silicon Alley

On Mar. 25, Facebook bought virtual reality startup Oculus VR in a $2 billion deal. There was plenty of excitement from the tech community and from Mark Zuckerberg, who called it a "long-term bet on the future of computing." But Oculus, without even having a consumer product on the market yet (they have built prototype headsets that immerse users in a mind-blowing virtual environment) has already received tons of negative feedback, to include death threats. "These are the kind of mergers that make me cringe," said one commenter when Business Insider broke the news on Facebook. "Good companies being swallowed by the Industrial Facebook Machine." But that was a rather measured response, as Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey made clear in a Reddit post: "We expected a negative reaction from people in the short term, we did not expect to be getting so many death threats and harassing phone calls that extended to our families," he wrote. "We know we will prove ourselves with actions and ...

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