Yes, that’s Jesse Eisenberg playing Zuckerberg in a movie but we just can’t bare to look at the real Zuckerberg rn so..
It’s been a hectic week at the White House as the US battles not just the coronavirus pandemic, but also nationwide outbreaks of protests and demonstrations in regards to the brutal killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. You’d think that president Trump would be on top of things but sadly, he may just be making things worse.
Never mind that Donald Trump responded to Twitter slapping a fake news label on his tweets faster than he did to the coronavirus pandemic, the president seems to have given up on prioritising the coronavirus outbreak and instead focused his attention on getting back at Twitter for stamping what he tweeted as false.
The irony in all of this is that Trump took to social media to announce his crackdown on social media, and while Twitter is resolute in it’s stance on fact checking the president, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have conveniently forgotten what he’s said in the past about censorship.
For Zuckerberg to come out earlier this week and say that Facebook and Twitter have very different policies is fine. I mean, yes Facebook’s policy on censorship has always been consistent and has arguably done more harm than good but assuming you ignore some very glaring problems with the policy, you’d argue that he owns the platform and it’s up to him how he regulates it.
What’s unacceptable however, is for him to come out and say that “Oh, Of course there are exceptions, and even for politicians we don’t allow content that incites violence or risks imminent harm”, and then completely just forget he ever said that by allowing Trump’s incendiary posts to make its way onto two of the biggest platforms in the world.
Trump posted the exact thing he posted on Twitter on both his Facebook and Instagram accounts soon after and thus far, Facebook has remained silent. What’s up with that Mr Zuckerberg? I mean, I don’t think it’s vague here. He literally ended his sentence with “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
The vast differences in approach by two of the biggest social media platforms in the world when it comes to dealing with questionable world leaders is now laid bare for all to see. Which approach do you think is the right one and why. Let us know in the comments!