Richard Stallman, the mind behind the GNU operating system, founder of the free software movement and one of the main detractors of prohibitive or private programs, toHe announced his resignation to the direction of the Free Software Foundation and his position in the Laboratory of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) of MIT.
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His resignation comes after a series of emails were released in which the activist supported Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire accused of child trafficking who was recently found dead inside his cell. Stallman said the children were "completely willing" to be trafficked and considered "morally absurd" to define "rape" in a way that depends on "minor details such as what country he was in or if the victim was 18 or 17 years old."
Stallman said his resignation was due to "the pressure on MIT and me for a series of misunderstandings." For its part, the Free Software Foundation wrote in a statement:
“On September 16, 2019, Richard M. Stallman, founder and president of the Free Software Foundation, resigned as president and member of its board of directors. The board will conduct a search for a new president, starting immediately. More details of the search will be published on fsf.org. ”
Jeffrei Epstein made donations to the MIT Media Lab for a cumulative value of at least $ 800,000 and insured up to 7.5 million from other individuals. As a result, Joi Ito, director of the division, resigned at the beginning of the month.