In September, the LGBTQ tech organization Lesbians Who Tech will throw its annual conference in New York, including a range of high-profile speakers, breakout sessions, and a job fair aiming to place talented LGBTQ employees at high-profile firms.
Sponsors include some of the biggest names in tech, including Google, Oculus, and Verizon.
Last week, that list included Palantir, too — but in the days since, Palantir has been discreetly removed from that list.
The company’s money has been refunded and it no longer has any role in the job fair, which will proceed as if Palantir had never been a sponsor.
Reached by The Verge, Lesbians Who Tech confirmed the dropped sponsorship, saying it was the result of public objection to Palantir’s recent contract work with the US government.
“Members of our community (the LGBTQ community) contacted us with concern around Palantir’s participation with the job fair,” a representative said, “because of the recent news that the company’s software has been used to aid ICE in effort to gather, store, and search for data on undocumented immigrants, and reportedly playing a role in workplace raids.”