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August 17, 2015updated 21 Oct 2016 5:25pm

Five other huge CEO denials: porn, buyouts, phones, bankruptcy, government snooping

As Bezos and Kaspersky rush to the media to deny accusations about their respective firms we dive around in the vault and offer some great CEO denials of the very recent and not so recent past.

By Sam

1) We’re not buying our parent – we’re happy with the family structure, Pat Gelsinger, CEO VMware (2015)

VMware CEO denies interest in buying parent firm EMC.

It was reported that EMC may come under the ownership of VMware as it sought strategic options. This was then denied by Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware who told Calcalist, an Israeli news outlet that everyone what happy with the current structure.

Analysts described any potential deal which would see VMware take over EMC or be sold off by same as ‘suboptimal’

2) We don’t help governments to snoop Zuckerberg, Page, others…(2013)

Facebook and google and others deny anything to do with NSA

Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page denying any knowledge of PRISM. Back in 2013 after the Guardian and Washington Post revealed NSA snooping based on Edward Snowden’s revelations web based firms and software companies were quick to deny any involvement.

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Zuckerberg wrote: "I want to respond personally to the outrageous press reports about PRISM," Zuckerberg wrote in a post published to his Facebook profile. "Facebook is not and has never been part of any program to give the U.S. or any other government direct access to our servers. We have never received a blanket request or court order from any government agency asking for information or metadata in bulk, like the one Verizon reportedly received. And if we did, we would fight it aggressively. We hadn’t heard of PRISM before yesterday."

Larry Page from google said something similar and Apple, Twitter, AOL, Microsoft Linkedin and Yahoo cried shame on governments for snooping and formed the Reform Government Surveillance group

3) We don’t need porn – Brendan Iribe Oculus CEO, (2015)
Back in February the BBC’s click show reported that Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe denied that VR pornography would drive uptake of the technology.
Facebook paid £1.2bn for Oculus in 2014.

4) Samsung’s CEO has issued so many denials about the Galaxy phone that there are too many to detail.

5) Tesla CEO Elon Musk, we’re not bankrupt (2008)
Back in 2008 Elon Musk was forced to deny that Tesla was so cash poor it might go bankrupt before delivering cars to customers. He was right.
However just 7 days ago Tesla did not rule out raising more capital through stock sale as it sought to bulk its financial position. Reports said its cash pile was heading towards $1bn, down from over $2bn a year earlier and that it was losing $4,000 for every Sedan model car sold and that it had lost $47m in the second quarter of the year.

 

Most recent denials: Kaspersky: allegations are nonsense

Amazon’s Bezos: we’re not soulless, dytopian

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