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Tech entrepreneur Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Donald Trump meme factory

24 September 2016
Tech entrepreneur Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Donald Trump meme factory

According to Luckey, who spoke with The Daily Beast about his involvement in Nimble America, he has helped the group create Internet-wide memes-posts that go viral-that target Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Luckey is listed as vice president of the group on their website, though he claims he's just a benefactor. Luckey himself is an active poster on Reddit's "The Donald" and "Hillary for Prison" subreddits under the pseudonym "NimbleRichMan". One of Nimble America's founders, Dustin Ward, said the group is purchasing more billboard space near the first presidential debate, which takes placed Monday at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Several virtual reality game developers have announced that they will stop supporting Facebook's Oculus Rift VR headset until its founder Palmer Luckey steps down. We reached out to Insomniac to ask if it would affect their decision to publish games on Oculus, but they only referred us back to the statement at this time.

The American Revolution was funded by wealthy individuals. Developers like Polytron, Insomniac Games, Tomorrow Today Labs and Scruta Games have come forward on social media revealing that they no longer plan to release titles on the Rift because of Luckey's political views.

According to research by the Daily Beast, Luckey is intimately involved with the group. 'The same has been true of many movements for freedom in history.

"I want the VR/AR community to be a diverse and inclusive group who welcomes progress, and Trump is the antithesis of those values", Olson wrote in a direct message on Twitter to The Daily Beast. The company sold to Facebook in 2014 and Forbes now estimates that the 24-year-old is worth $700 million.

What do you think about this group called Nimble America and their intentions?

"I've had a great experience with Oculus over the years-including working with a lot of good people working there-and I like the products that they've built", he said. They will outspend you and destroy you by any and all means.'"As Heer points out, its easy and unsafe to dismiss this contingent of Donald Trump supporters - however "deplorable" they may appear - as trolls with little influence outside of niche online communities". It's also been confirmed that he's still employed at Oculus and therefore Facebook. NewtonVR is a free physics-based tool for VR developers, and Oculus Touch is the VR company's upcoming controllers to support its Rift headset.