It's time you stop trusting Mark Zuckerberg with your informationLast updated on Apr 07, 2018, 12:20 am
Mark Zuckerberg is a deeply ambitious man with a penchant for making mistakes and negating/avoiding them for as long as he can. When he cannot, he apologizes, promises to do better and moves on to the next big mistake.
It is only human to err, but when 2.2 billion people trust you with their life histories, you ought to be more diligent. Zuckerberg isn't.
Zuckerberg's role in Donald Trump's presidential win
Cambridge Analytica mined the data of over 87 million Facebook users to influence the 2016 US presidential election. This, however, isn't FB's only contribution in delivering Donald Trump into the White House.
Zuckerberg has admitted that FB distributed Russian propaganda to 150 million users during election campaigning.
What if there was no FB or Zuck didn't sell ads to the Russians? We'll never know.
Zuck says he is empathetic. Is he really?
In October 2017, Zuckerberg chose to promote Spaces, Facebook's "social VR" tool, in Puerto Rico, which was then battling the aftermath of a devastating hurricane.
Never leaving his plush California office, he visited the disaster-struck region virtually using Spaces. That he chose a tragedy to gloat over his product speaks volumes about his ability to empathize, which he has been promoting a lot lately.
Zuckerberg's is a carefully curated, crafted brand
You think you know Zuckerberg. But what you do know about him is only what he wants you to know.
He spends millions of dollars on crafting of his public image, from his speeches to social posts to public appearances to even his height. Did you know he is only five feet seven? But he looks so much taller! Exactly.
Facebook hired a full-time pollster to monitor Zuck's public perception
Facebook employed a full-time pollster, Tavis McGinn, in 2017 to just monitor Zuckerberg's worldwide approval ratings.
However, it took McGinn less than six months to get disillusioned with how FB operated and quit.
He told The Verve in February that he realized he couldn't change the way FB did business, the company's values or its culture. "I was probably far too optimistic," he said.
Too much power, too little responsibility
Zuckerberg's blind ambition is nauseating.
He wants to make education more equitable through tech, cure disease and bring communities closer, he announced when his daughter Max was born in 2015.
Remember internet.org, his way of selling FB in underdeveloped nations as free internet?
At 33, he's already eyeing the White House. With 2.2 billion people in his pocket, he might soon be in it.
Despite knowing it all, would you delete your Facebook account?
"Facebook is Mark, and Mark is Facebook. One individual, 33 years old, has full control of the experience of 2 billion people. That's unprecedented. Even the US president has checks and balances," McGinn said.
Despite knowing that FB can (and does) manipulate you and secretly use your data for its profits, you'd not delete your account.
That's exactly what makes Zuckerberg's brand of power dangerous.