Business Insider Chief Technology Officer Ousted Over Crude Tweets

Sexist comments come back to bite exec

Take this as a reminder to think before you tweet. 

Business Insider chief technology officer Pax Dickinson has been ousted after a series of crude tweets—including disparaging comments about women—came under scrutiny Monday evening, according to a New York magazine report.

Business Insider president Julie Hansen initially declined to comment when reached by Adweek. But shortly afterwards, Business Insider's CEO/editor in chief Henry Blodget issued a statement confirming that Dickinson is out.

"A Business Insider executive has made some comments on Twitter that do not reflect our values and have no place at our company. The executive has left the company, effective immediately.

Business Insider's team is composed of more than 100 talented men and women of many backgrounds, and we highly value this diversity."

Dickinson's tweets were first surfaced by Gawker Media's Valleywag, whose story sparked a lot of chatter on social media. Here's a sample post highlighted in the piece:


After Valleywag published its story, Blodget initially told the site, "Pax was speaking for himself, not Business Insider. We obviously don't condone what he said."

Hansen told Adweek that Dickinson joined the company in September 2010.