Facebook Ghosts England
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has ignored England’s Summons
Facebook has long dominated online social media. Since the fall of myspace.com everyone from elite Harvard students to your grandmother has an account.
I even noticed about 5 years ago, in 2013, people that I knew from other countries started to join Facebook as well. People from Europe, central america and Africa started to request my friendship. Previously most of my international friends used Microsoft’s hotmail or Yahoo messenger.
There’s no question of Facebook’s proliferation. However, it may be coming to a head. Their stock has dropped dramatically: from $217.50 per share on July 21, 2018 all the way down to $131.55 on November 19th 2018. So what happened?
One of the issues Facebook is struggling with is election meddling. Several people blame Facebook for airing biased Russian ads geared towards Trump’s campaign. The Cambridge Analytica scandal and a recent report that Facebook hired an opposition research firm to go after liberal financier George Soros has gotten a lot of press as well.
Now the UK Parliament wants to explore the role of Facebook advertising and the Brexit vote.
What is Brexit you ask? Here’s an article that gives a good summary of it. My personal opinion? I think it was a mistake. I’m all about working together, less tariffs, less borders and less government bureaucracy. I laughed out-loud when I read Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane’s tweet on Brexit:
Brexit just took us one step away from the United Federation Of Planets
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 24, 2016
People are demanding for a re-vote. A lot of people didn’t realize what an economic hardship it would bring. The vote had such an effect on the markets that even mortgage interest rates fell dramatically back in 2016.
What drove the country to exit the European Union? It must have been from many factors. Some people however think that Facebook may have played a hand in the election.
Charlie Angus, NDP MP stated “Our democratic institutions … seem to have been upended by frat-boy billionaires from California”.
So Mark Zuckerberg was summoned to the United Kingdom to answer for his actions. Several other countries were invited: Members of Parliament in Canada, Argentina, France, Singapore, Ireland, Belgium, Brazil and Latvia attended all hoping to get answers out of the CEO. The problem was, Zuckerberg didn’t show. He essentially ghosted the UK.
Zuckerberg sent Richard Allan his VP of Policy Solutions to discuss the issues.
Just as I was writing this article, I saw that a San Francisco Hospital is considering stripping Zuckerberg’s name from one of their buildings.
What’s your opinion? Has Facebook swayed elections? Did it play a hand in Brexit? We’d love to hear your comments.
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