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The Social Lead for Yuga Labs, the $4 billion startup behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club and other prominent NFT collections, resigned on Sunday after numerous racist and antisemitic tweets he posted years ago were brought back into the spotlight. Shpend Salihu, who was identified by the company as its Social Lead in a June post on LinkedIn, tweeted on Sunday that he had resigned from the startup. Yuga Labs confirmed that the person in question was an employee and that he had resigned, but declined to comment on the matter. The Bored Ape Yacht Club is one of the most prominent NFT projects, spanning 10,000 unique Ethereum profile pictures (PFPs). Salihu’s departure comes amid ApeFest, the annual real-world celebration for members of the Bored Ape Yacht Club. Some Bored Ape NFT owners and other prominent collectors complained about Salihu’s tweets in the lead-up to and aftermath of his departure. Yuga Labs and its co-founders have previously been accused of embracing antisemitic and racist imagery in the creation of the Bored Ape Yacht Club. The company won a case against Ryder Ripps and collaborator Jeremy Cahen, resulting in a U.S. district judge ordering the pair to pay Yuga Labs $1.575 million in damages and to transfer the knockoff collection to Yuga Labs. This news highlights the need for greater vigilance against racism and antisemitism in the tech industry. #NoRacism #NoAntisemitism #TechIndustry #EmployeeScreening

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