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"We did it because it was the right thing to do." Will Harbin, Kixeye CEO

Kixeye CEO Will Harbin responded to the racism accusations against the company and subsequent firings made during an interview with Venturebeat, calling the responsible team "a micro-culture" within Kixeye that "didn't meet the [company's] standards."

Controversy sparked on Tuesday, when a former contractor made a post via Tumblr detailing several accusations of racism and discrimination. In wake of the post, Harbin opened an investigation and fired several employees involved.

The company is now extending its sensitivity, harassment, and diversity training to employees beyond its managers. "Now we're branching that out to the individuals as well and making sure that's reinforced," said Harbin.

Harbin commented further on the formerly employed parties, calling their behavior embarrassing and offensive, but not racist.

"I don't think these people were racist or discriminating," said Harbin. "It was a multi-cultural and multi-gender group. Multi-everything."

"The reason why we terminated these people was not for discrimination. We terminated them for offensive and unacceptable behavior at Kixeye...we did it because it was the right thing to do," said Harbin.

The CEO also added that the "investigation is ongoing."