It's not every day that a comedian gives a speech on social media's lack of responsibility when it comes to facts. Comedians are the only people in the world paid simply for listening to them talk, therefore, maybe it is important to listen.
What Really Is Happening, Mark?
Zuckerberg is on the defensive after stating before the U.S. government that Facebook is not fact-checking political ads, even during the upcoming election. Sacha Baron Cohen, at a keynote speech before the Anti-Defamation League in New York last Thursday, says that if Facebook would have been around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post ads targeting the Jews. The British actor-comedian also believes that social media sites and search engines "facilitate...all this hate and violence", leading to surges in hate crimes and a rise in "murderous attacks on religious and ethnic minorities.
Governments Must Act
In Sacha Baron Cohen's eloquent speech, he called for social media and Internet giants to be held accountable by governments; that they have gone on for far too long without the correct kind of regulations, reported the Daily Mail.
A group Cohen calls "the Silicon Six" that includes Google CEO Sundar Pichai; Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin; YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki; and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and, of course, Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook are the main e-oligarchs in his sights.
Cohen states clearly that "The Silicon Six — all billionaires, all Americans — who care more about boosting their share price than about protecting democracy", have imposed ideological imperialism over us. These unelected individuals in Silicon Valley impose their vision on the rest of the world, and they are not accountable to any government, acting as though they are above the law.
Also On His List
Cohen's reasoning behind tech giants Google and Twitter also being on his list last Thursday was because they are "the greatest propaganda machine in history", allowing for hate groups to produce fake news to overtake real news. However, most of Cohen's criticism was saved specifically for Zuckerberg.
Below is Sacha Baron Cohen's full keynote speech, and it is definitely worth your time: