Former deputy editor and founding member of The Verge Chris Ziegler recently left the publication after it was discovered that he was working secretly for Apple, which as you may imagine would be a conflict of interest.
In response to recent inquiries into Ziegler’s apparent absence from the website, The Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel revealed the circumstances surrounding his departure. In a note to their readers on Friday, Patel noted that Ziegler took an unspecified job at Apple in July without informing his higher-ups at The Verge.
The Verge confirmed Ziegler’s position at Apple in early September, and terminated his employment at parent company Vox Media on that same day. In a statement, Patel said:
“Chris did not attempt to steer any coverage towards or away from Apple, and any particular decisions he helped make had the same outcomes they would have had absent his involvement.”
As for what Ziegler did / has been doing at Apple remains unclear. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber says Ziegler’s name is not listed in Apple’s current employee directory. This suggests that Ziegler is no longer working for Apple or was hired by Apple under a different name.
[via Business Insider]