Microsoft exec resigns following ‘erotic pillow fight’ metaverse porn allegations


The top of Microsoft’s digital actuality HoloLens group has resigned following accusations of inappropriate behaviour and sexual harassment on the tech agency.

Alex Kipman, a man-made intelligence engineer and the lead developer of the HoloLens programme, has departed the corporate lower than two weeks after studies emerged claiming he sexually harassed colleagues and allegedly watched an ‘erotic’ VR pillow struggle in entrance of them.

In line with GeekWire, an inner Microsoft memo from the corporate’s head of Cloud & AI Scott Guthrie stated that its Blended Actuality {Hardware} Group was being restructured. He added that Alex Kipman was leaving the corporate ‘to pursue different alternatives’. The e-mail didn’t state whether or not the allegations have been linked to Kipman’s departure.



Alex Kipman, evangelist of the HoloLens for Microsoft Corp., speaks during a keynote session at the Microsoft Developers Build Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said his company is committed to playing a key role in the emerging market for artificial intelligence-based chat software, one week after the company's first Internet chat bot in the U.S. was so manipulated by users that it had to be pulled down within a day of its introduction. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A report by Insider claimed round 25 former and present Microsoft workers had accused Alex Kipman (pictured) of inappropriate conduct

The e-mail learn: “Over the past a number of months, Alex Kipman and I’ve been speaking in regards to the crew’s path going ahead. We have now mutually determined that that is the correct time for him to go away the corporate to pursue different alternatives.”

In line with a report by Insider, the claims about Kipman have been made by dozens of present and former Microsoft employees, who stated he and different executives had engaged in verbal abuse and sexual harassment.

They alleged Kipman watched a ‘lewd’ VR video in entrance of employees, which one worker described as ‘VR porn’. They claimed it featured ladies in skimpy clothes ‘frolicking’ on a mattress and having a pillow struggle.



Microsoft's technical fellow Alex Kipman reveals "HoloLens 2" during a presentation at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on the eve of the world's biggest mobile fair in Barcelona on February 24, 2019. - Phone makers will focus on foldable screens and the introduction of blazing fast 5G wireless networks at the world's biggest mobile fair starting tomorrow in Spain as they try to reverse a decline in sales of smartphones. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)
Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella beforehand vowed to take motion on the corporate’s ‘tolerance of proficient jerks’

The adjustments to the HoloLens crew come after pledges by CEO Satya Nadella to alter the corporate’s tradition and finish its tolerance for ‘proficient jerks’.

Microsoft has been approached for touch upon Kipman’s departure. The tech big beforehand informed PCGamesN: “Microsoft’s management crew has established a sturdy course of for reporting and investigating each concern, and nonetheless workers select to report them, we guarantee they undergo that thorough course of.

“Each reported declare we obtain is investigated, and for each declare discovered substantiated there may be clear motion taken. This disciplinary motion can vary from termination, to demotion, lack of pay or bonus, official reprimand, necessary coaching, teaching or mixture of a few of these.”



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