You would think that, if you are CEO of a tech firm, you might know a little bit about how Facebook works but, apparently not.
Until last week, Matt Harrigan, was the head of PacketSled, a cybersecurity firm located in San Diego. He, like a number of Americans, was not happy with the outcome of the recent presidential election. However, unlike the overwhelming majority of Americans, he decided that posting an assassination threat was an acceptable response.
On his Facebook page, Harrigan wrote the following, in separate posts:
“I’m going to kill the president.”
“Bring it Secret Service.”
“Nope, getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts. Find a bedroom in the whitehouse that suits you mother(expletive). I’ll find you.”
Some person or persons came across the post and shared it on Reddit. From there, it went viral and law enforcement was contacted.
Initially, PacketSled placed Harrigan on leave and was working with the U.S. Secret Service on the issue. However, on November 15th, the company announced that it had accepted his resignation, effective immediately.
According to Matt Harrigan, his post was 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 apologize if anything that I said was either taken seriously, was offensive, or caused any legitimate concern.”
Perhaps this was funnier in his own head.