First question: Why are HQ users calling for a boycott?
It was announced earlier this week that the popular app, on which 1 million people play trivia every day, will raise $15 million from billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund. Cyan Banister, a Founders Fund partner, will sit on HQ’s board.
Much to the dismay of HQ fans, Thiel is a vocal and financial supporter of Donald Trump, which has sparked the Twitter hashtag #DeleteHQ, Mashable reports.
“No matter what happens in this election, what Trump represents isn’t crazy and it’s not going away,” Thiel said during a press conference.
Last summer Thiel joined the White House American Technology Council “to explore how to transform and modernize government information technology.”
Thiel also famously spent $10 million to finance several lawsuits against Gawker, ultimately shuttering the news site that had outed him as gay in 2007. It was reported last month that the Silicon Valley tech whiz now wants to buy the defunct site, presumably so that he could remove articles about him that remain live.
“It is ridiculous to claim that journalism requires indiscriminate access to private people’s sex lives,” he wrote in a New York Times op-ed. “All people deserve respect, and nobody’s sexuality should be made a public fixation.”
— Katie Roscher (@ButtzGalore) February 2, 2018
Dear @hqtrivia I will be deleting your app today. I cannot support a business associated with @peterthiel. I hope this is simply a failure on your part to due diligence on before accepting his help. #DELETEHQ
— josephcouture (@josephcouture) February 2, 2018
Generally, companies are as selective of who they allow to invest as investors are in who they give money to. In 2018, whether an investor is garbage is important criteria. #DeleteHQ
— Jordan•Parker•Rae•Jepsen•Bouvier (@jbouvier) February 2, 2018
❌ Peter Thiel is now involved
❌ Alleged bad behavior by co-founder towards women
❌ It's not fun anymore anyway
— Tim Baker ⛄️ (@IAmTimBaker) February 2, 2018
— Kate Gustafson (@kategus17) February 3, 2018
Will HQ find an answer to end this bad publicity before time runs out?