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PayPal fires exec Rocky Agrawal after Twitter meltdown

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May 5
8:16 AM 2014

PayPal has terminated its now-former vice president (VP) of strategy Rakesh "Rocky" Agrawal just this weekend. The messy goodbye was rooted on Agrawal's posts on Twitter that insulted his co-workers, according to VentureBeat.

PayPal said in its Twitter post on May 4: "Rakesh Agrawal is no longer with the company. Treat everyone with respect. No excuses. PayPal has zero tolerance."

Agrawal told VentureBeat that he had resigned from the company before vacationing in New Orleans on Friday. But during that weekend, he published his frustrations with the company on Twitter. The said posts insulted some of his colleagues including retail chief Don Kingsborough and head of communications Christina Smedley. Although they have already been deleted, Business Insider and Valleywag have managed to publicize the Twitter meltdown, the report detailed.

The former PayPal exec said he did not intend to make the posts public as he was not familiar with the new phone he was using at the time. He also told VentureBeat that he had filed his resignation which had a two weeks' notice. VP of growth Stan Chudnovsky was trying to schedule a Monday meeting to discuss the issue. However, he said the company did not contact him before he published the tweet, the report relayed.

Agrawal has refused to apologize for the comments he released. For now, he said he is focusing on building his new startup called reDesign Mobile, VentureBeat reported.

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