Ashton Kutcher Defends Uber’s Plan To Dig Up Dirt On Journalists

Giuseppe Macri Tech Editor
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Actor and Uber investor Ashton Kutcher came out in support of an Uber executive on Twitter Wednesday for suggesting the company smear journalists who write critical news about the ridesharing service.

Uber senior vice-president of business Emil Michael suggested earlier this week that Uber should spend $1 million to hire a team of researchers to investigate the personal lives of journalists who write stories critical of the company — an idea Kutcher apparently endorses. (RELATED: Uber Tracked Journalist With Company Tool Called ‘God View’)

Kutcher went on to say that no one should be exempt from such speculation, because “we are all public figures now.”

Kutcher made it clear he was speaking on his own behalf, not Uber’s, but said he wished “journalists were held to the same standards as public figures.”

Kutcher founded a venture-capital investment firm, A-Grade Investments, in 2010, and owns a stake in startups including Uber, Airbnb, Fab, Secret and others.

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