Trump fans get cybersecurity CEO fired

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAZnAAAAJDk5YzljMTYwLWFjNGUtNGUxOS1iNDc2LTIxZjYxODgzY2Q3ZATrump fans demanded that the CEO of the cybersecurity firm PacketSled was fired or arrested for posting on his personal Facebook page that he would get a “sniper rifle” and kill the Donald Prince of Orange.

What is even more amazing is that his company PacketSled accepted Matt Harrigan’s resignation over the comments.

Harrigan made the statement on his personal Facebook page but the Trump supporters found the comments and contacted the cops.

“The PacketSled Board of Directors accepted the resignation of President and CEO Matthew Harrigan, effective immediately. 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.

Eh?  What?

Harrigan said the comments 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 apologise if anything that I said was either taken seriously, was offensive, or caused any legitimate concern.”

It was bloody obviously a joke, or frustration expressed on Facebook.  Since when did that require you to lose your job?  Suddenly the US has lost its sense of humour completely.

There are lots of reasons to be concerned by this. Firstly, that humourless Trump supporters could get someone fired by mounting campaigns on social media and secondly that PacketSled can’t tell when the bloke who is leading them that he is joking and grass him up to Homeland security? This is so 1984 it is not funny.

Has the world gone bonkers? [Yes. Ed]