Angry users are campaigning to #DeleteHQ after funding from Peter Thiel

February 27, 2018

Peter Thiel wants your HQ now.
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A year ago the internet raged against an app with #DeleteUber. Now, it’s time to #DeleteHQ. 

By HQ, the internet means HQ trivia, the app that quietly launched in July and now invites more than 1 million people to play trivia every day. 

Why are people campaigning to delete HQ after less than six months into the app’s rise and popularity? Well, the hashtag movement gained traction after Recode reported late Thursday that HQ is raising $15 million. But it’s not the money we’re mad about. It’s who the money is from. 

Peter Thiel’s Founder Fund is reportedly leading the round. That’s the man who shut down Gawker, spoke at the Republican National Convention for Donald Trump, and is fascinated by young people’s blood

As Katie Roscher tweeted, “Fuck that guy.”

HuffPost reporter Ashley Feinberg called for others to join her in deleting the app. 

Another user suggested downloading competitor Q. 

It’s not just about Peter Thiel for HQ players like Tim Baker, who cited a few other reasons to #DeleteHQ: 

But for others, Thiel is 100 percent the reason to ditch the app.

It’s unclear how much influence Thiel will actually have on HQ. Cyan Banister, a partner at Founders Fund, will take a board seat, according to Recode. 

It’s also important to note that this is far from Thiel’s first investment in products people love to use. Thiel made a bunch of money for investing in Facebook. He also backed Lyft (sorry Uber haters), as Saturday Night Live once pointed out in a Snapchat exclusive sketch on boycotting Trump. 

The team at HQ did not immediately respond to Mashable’s request for comment on why they were choosing Thiel’s Founders Fund. We’ll let you know if that changes and whether or not your blood is at risk, HQties. 

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/02/02/delete-hq-trivia-app-peter-thiel-money-founders-fund/