Saturday, November 23, 2019

Sacha Baron Cohen Slams Silicon Six

Sacha Baron Cohen (left) took aim and blasted six tech executives that he dubbed collectively as ‘the Silicon Six’ – a group that includes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai; Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin; YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki; and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. 

“(They are) all billionaires, all Americans – who care more about boosting their share price than about protecting democracy”, he had declared. 

“This is ideological imperialism – six unelected individuals in Silicon Valley imposing their vision on the rest of the world, unaccountable to any government and acting like they’re above the reach of law”. 

The Borat star saved most of his criticisms specifically for Zuckerberg (left), who, in October, had defended his company's position not to ban political adverts that contain falsehoods. 

"If you pay them, Facebook will run any 'political' ad you want, even if it's a lie. And they'll even help you micro-target those lies to their users for maximum effect", Cohen said. 

Addressing the Anti-Defamation League's Never is Now summit in New York, USA on Thursday, he declared if Facebook had existed in the 1930s, they would have allowed Hitler (right) to post 30-second ads on his 'solution' to the 'Jewish problem'". 

Remarks that are, in fact, well-grounded and valid. 

The British actor-comedian accused the tech giants for acting as ‘the greatest propaganda machine in history’ for hate groups while allowing fake news to overtake real news. 

He said it was time "for a fundamental rethink of social media and how it spreads hate, conspiracies and lies". And he also mocked Zuckerberg's characterization of Facebook as a bastion of "free expression".

Cohen maintained that social media sites and internet search engines have the legal right to ban hate speech. 

"If a neo-Nazi comes goose-stepping into a restaurant and starts threatening other customers and saying he wants kill Jews, would the owner of the restaurant be required to serve him an elegant eight-course meal?" he asked rhetorically. 

"Of course not! The restaurant owner has every legal right and a moral obligation to kick the Nazi out, and so do these internet companies". 

Cohen continued his rant at Facebook, taking them to task for allowing the gunman who perpetrated the massacres at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March this year to live stream the slaughter. 

"It was a snuff film, brought to you by social media", Cohen said. 

Methinks, Cohen’s remarks are right on the nose.

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