Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey

In a statement, Oculus said that "Palmer will be dearly missed".

Luckey was no stranger to controversy: Luckey told the Daily Beast past year he was putting money behind an internet group that campaigned against Hillary Clinton.

Luckey's last day at Oculus, the virtual reality startup Facebook FB, -0.17% acquired three years ago, is Friday, a Facebook spokeswoman said.

It's unclear if Luckey's departure from Oculus is voluntary or if he was forced out of the company.

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The 24-year-old virtual-reality wunderkind is leaving six months after it was revealed he secretly funded a pro-Trump internet campaign that produced anti-Hillary Clinton "magic memes" and "s-tposting" during the presidential election. In his apology, Luckey also denied that he wrote several heated posts under the alias "NimbleRichMan".

After the news was out and confirmed by Luckey himself to be true that he was secretly providing funds to the pro-Donald Trump non-profit organization, he went into almost complete radio silence, stopping all activity on Twitter-unusual for Luckey considering how openly he interfaced with the developers and fans on the social platform. Facebook did not specify the reason for Luckey's departure.

Luckey's exit caps a troubled period for the Facebook-owned VR company, which lost around $500 million in court cases against media company Zenimax.

Yes, Facebook declined to clarify any details to the publication and even commented that Luckey may or may not issue an official statement with a better explanation as well. Luckey later made a decision to skip the Oculus Connect 3 conference to avoid being a "distraction" during the show. In addition, Luckey was found liable to pay $50 million in damages because he was found to have violated his NDA with ZeniMax Media. That said, anyone who believes that Palmer got the shaft should remember that he still managed to sell his company to Facebook for two billion dollars.

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