While appearing on CNBC Wednesday, Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson took a shot at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, telling the social media mogul to move to the border in response to a thinly-veiled swipe he took at the candidate’s call for a wall on the southern U.S. border. In short, Pierson said that Silicon Valley executives like Zuckerberg should stick to what they do best and leave policy-making to the politicians.
“Self-righteousness isn’t very proactive: We can talk about taxes, we can talk about jobs and even immigration, but that doesn’t really put food on the table and save lives,” she told CNBC. “I think I’ll take Mark Zuckerberg seriously when he gives up all of his private security, moves out of his posh neighborhood and comes live in a modest neighborhood near a border town, and then I’m sure his attitude would change,” she added.
“As I look around and I travel around the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community,” Zuckerberg said during his speech at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. “I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others. For blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade, and in some cases around the world even cutting access to the internet.”
But Zuckerberg’s statement appears to have been laced with a considerable amount of hypocrisy. As the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported Tuesday, Zuckerberg “bought every house on his neighborhood block to clear the area and create a safe space for he and his family,” one congressional source said.
Moreover, Zuckerberg’s fear that free expression would be blocked reeks of hypocrisy, considering the many times his company has silenced or punished users for innocuous posts. We have covered a number of those incidents here at byteclay.com, including one instance in which a female conservative was told her profile picture of a lilac tree was considered to be pornographic.
More recently, Facebook yanked the extremely popular “2 Million Bikers to DC” page over an opinion that hardly violates the site’s “Community Standards.” Meanwhile, the site has given a “thumbs up” to a page calling for the murder of hunter-cheerleader Kendall Jones and falsely flagged articles mentioning Islam as “unsafe.” As a result of its actions, Breitbart.com called Facebook the “world’s most dangerous censor.”
CNBC said it is also likely that Zuckerberg was “referencing the tight internet control maintained by countries like China,” where, Everett Rosenfeld explained, the social media giant is blocked by what is known as the “Great Firewall.” Recently, Zuckerberg met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, suggesting that “firewall” may come down at some point in the near future.
Jinping is not the only foreign head of state to meet with the Facebook CEO. Zuckerberg also met with Germany’s Angela Merkel, and was caught on an open microphone telling the German Chancellor he was working on ways to stifle negative stories about immigrants.