Hey everyone — there have been questions about Chris Ziegler and
his absence from The Verge in the past few weeks. I want to
provide answers for those who have been worried about him.
First, Chris accepted a position at Apple. We wish him well. […]
Chris began working for Apple in July, but didn’t tell anyone at
The Verge that he’d taken a new job until we discovered and
verified his dual-employment in early September. Chris continued
actively working at The Verge in July, but was not in contact with
us through most of August and into September. During that period,
in the dark and concerned for Chris, we made every effort to
contact him and to offer him help if needed. We ultimately
terminated his employment at The Verge and Vox Media the same day
we verified that he was employed at Apple.
This is really bizarre. Obviously The Verge can’t have staff members simultaneously working for one of the companies they cover, but surely Apple would consider this just as much of a conflict of interest as The Verge would.