Banjo CEO steps down as fallout from revelations of past ties to KKK continues

Banjo CEO steps down as fallout from revelations of past ties to KKK continues

The CEO of Banjo has resigned after his past as a Klansman surfaced. (You may remember Banjo from its past life as a social media discovery tool aimed at newsrooms.)

Embattled event detection tech firm Banjo announced Friday that the company’s current CEO and founder, Damien Patton, has resigned and the company will transition to a new leadership team with current Chief Technology Officer Justin R. Lindsey taking over the top position.

Late last month, evidence was unveiled that tied Patton to a white supremacist group and acts of hate-motivated violence as a teenager.

Shortly after that news became public, the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced that an audit already planned for the company was being moved up and an appropriate, third-party contractor was being sought to conduct the assessment. That review, which will be conducted by Utah State Auditor John Dougall’s office, will not only include evaluations of personal privacy protections stipulated in the state’s contract with Banjo, but will also be looking for any evidence of racial or religious bias in work already performed by the company.

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