Facebook 'near-billionaire' Palmer Luckey secretly funding racist pro-Trump hate meme machine

Palmer Luckey is the founder of virtual reality tech firm Oculus, which was bought by Facebook for $2 billion. With a portion of his huge pile of Oculus cash, Luckey is funding a pro-Donald Trump “shitposting” tactical team that churns out racist, sexist, hatey anti-Hillary Clinton memes and works to make them go viral.

That's the bombshell of a story out from the Daily Beast reporters Gideon Resnick and Ben Collins. The report lays bare the links between Luckey and all the white supremacist lulz tarnishing the internets of late, and clogging up many a Facebook feed.

“I’ve got plenty of money,” Luckey told a reporter. “Money is not my issue. I thought it sounded like a real jolly good time.”

Facebook, guys, wow. Between Luckey and Thiel, you're developing quite an unsavory series of ties with horrible people.

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From the Daily Beast report:

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey financially backed a pro-Trump political organization called Nimble America, a self-described “social welfare 501(c)4 non-profit” in support of the Republican nominee.

Luckey sold his virtual reality company Oculus to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, and Forbes estimates his current net worth to be $700 million. The 24-year-old told The Daily Beast that he had used the pseudonym “NimbleRichMan” on Reddit with a password given him to by the organization’s founders.

Nimble America says it’s dedicated to proving that “shitposting is powerful and meme magic is real,” according to the company’s introductory statement, and has taken credit for a billboard its founders say was posted outside of Pittsburgh with a cartoonishly large image of Clinton’s face alongside the words “Too Big to Jail.”

“We conquered Reddit and drive narrative on social media, conquered the [mainstream media], now it’s time to get our most delicious memes in front of Americans whether they like it or not,” a representative for the group wrote in an introductory post on Reddit.

Potential donors from Donald Trump’s biggest online community—Reddit’s r/The_Donald, where one of the rules is “no dissenters”—turned on the organization this weekend, refusing to believe “NimbleRichMan” was the anonymous “near-billionaire” he claimed to be and causing a rift on one of the alt-right’s most powerful organizational tools.

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Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey displays an Oculus Touch input during an event in San Francisco. Reuters

Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey displays an Oculus Touch input during an event in San Francisco. Reuters

Palmer Luckey on the cover of TIME.

Palmer Luckey on the cover of TIME.

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