Tech entrepreneur sparks outrage online with blog on homelessness

Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:28pm EST
 
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By Amy Tennery

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A technology entrepreneur is facing the wrath of Twitter after writing a blog post seen by many as insensitive and even hostile toward San Francisco's homeless population.

Justin Keller, founder of Commando.io, an online server management platform, published the post on his personal blog this week and drew widespread, negative reactions online that even swept an unsuspecting namesake into the controversy.

In the post, titled "Open letter to SF Mayor Ed Lee and Greg Suhr (police chief)," Keller complained about escalating homelessness and drug abuse in San Francisco.

"I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work every day," Keller wrote. "I want my parents when they come visit to have a great experience."

Social media users quickly reacted.

"So #JustinKeller is another future @realDonaldTrump who demands the homeless be removed from his view," tweeted liberalgranny50 (@peppersandeggs) on Thursday.

Some compared him to Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical executive who raised the price of a drug used to treat a dangerous parasitic infection to $750 from $13.50.

"Sounds like Martin Shkreli and Justin Keller could forge a beautiful friendship," tweeted Chris Simpson (@chris_e_simpson).   Continued...