Just days after Elon Musk’s pedophile comment about a Thai cave rescuer, another nerdy billionaire has said, “Hold my $1,000 glass of The Glenvinet 50-year-old scotch malt whisky,” to Elon. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is the next one making a stop on the: “Sorry For Being Sticking My Billionaire Foot In My Billionaire Mouth” train. Choo-choo!
CNN reports Mark did an interview with Kara Swisher of Recode for the Decode podcast a few days ago. The interview went–he thought–well, but then he starting getting all of these Twitter notifications. See there’s a part where he kind-of, sort-of suggests that people such as Holocaust deniers aren’t “intentionally getting it wrong.” Awks. Here’s the full quote about Holocaust deniers on Facebook:
“At the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong… I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong.”
He also added this tidbit on conspiracy theories–such as those peddled by Sandy Hook-denying Alex Jones on InfoWars. Mark claims this content is left up on Facebook for freedom of speech but are limited in the scope of who sees them:
“It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent. I just think, as abhorrent as some of those examples are, I think the reality is also that I get things wrong when I speak publicly.”
You know that awkward moment when you become a self-fulfilling prophecy? Mark got roasted by the Internet because some of it’s millions of users actually do have some sense, and even some serious people clapped back at Mark. CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt gave a statement to CNN saying:
“Holocaust denial is a willful, deliberate and longstanding deception tactic by anti-Semites that is incontrovertibly hateful, hurtful, and threatening to Jews… Facebook has a moral and ethical obligation not to allow its dissemination.”
Mark was horrified by the reaction he was getting and decided to clarify shit I love how often people in the news need to clarify their intentions. Here’s Mark’s statement:
“I enjoyed our conversation yesterday, but there’s one thing I want to clear up. I personally find Holocaust denial deeply offensive, and I absolutely didn’t intend to defend the intent of people who deny that.
Our goal with fake news is not to prevent anyone from saying something untrue — but to stop fake news and misinformation spreading across our services. If something is spreading and is rated false by fact checkers, it would lose the vast majority of its distribution in News Feed. And of course if a post crossed line into advocating for violence or hate against a particular group, it would be removed. These issues are very challenging but I believe that often the best way to fight offensive bad speech is with good speech.
I look forward to catching up again soon.
Mark, you are never going to email Miss Kara ever again unless you need to clear up something you said about black people. This is typical fanfare for the wealthy elite: say some wack shit, get heat, apologize. I mean, unless you become President. Then you can just wave that asshole flag free as fuck.