Update (3:35 p.m.): Mic spokesperson James Allen forwarded the following statement from co-founder Jake Horowitz:
Jared Keller is no longer employed at Mic. Plagiarism is unacceptable in any form and our editorial policies make that very clear. We appreciate Gawker bringing these issues to our attention, and as we continue our internal review, we’ll be transparently updating any story that violates our standards.
Mic takes responsibility for allowing this to happen. We’re going to use this as an opportunity to improve as an organization, and we’re already soliciting candid feedback from our editorial staff about what we can be doing better. We’re committed to making all of the changes necessary to ensure that Mic is consistently exceeding the high standards we have for ourselves.
Update (4:30 p.m.):
I want to apologize to my colleagues, friends, family and every hard-working journalist out there. There's no excuse for my sloppiness.
— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) February 12, 2015
Update (5:20 p.m.): Capital New York reports that Chris Miles, a former Mic staffer who also committed plagiarism, no longer works for Marketwatch, which hired him last week as Viral News Editor. Politico’s Hadas Gold reported yesterday that “it was actually Keller who said he was the one who figured out that former Managing Editor of News Chris Miles had plagiarized. After Miles left Mic, Keller moved up into Miles’ role.”