Basecamp CEO Jason Fried speaking at Inc. magazine’s 2014 GROWCO conference in Nashville

The Chicago software company’s chief regrets the upheaval and staff exodus sparked when he called political talk at work a distraction. But he and his co-founder are standing firm on the policy itself.

Basecamp founder Jason Fried apologized to employees for the upheaval surrounding a new policy banning political discussion on the company’s internal software platform.

But the software company isn’t backing away from the policy. Fried and co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson “completely own the consequences, and we’re sorry,” Fried wrote in a blog post (see below). “We have a lot to learn, and we will. The new policies stand, but we have some refining and clarifying to do.”