George Soros is calling for the replacement of Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook because of a hidden alliance with President Trump and that he won’t fact-check political advertising, revealing his pursuit of profits over controlling the distribution of fake news and misinformation.
According to the New York Times, Soros claimed there is an informal agreement between Zuckerberg and Trump: “Facebook will help President Trump to get re-elected and Mr. Trump will, in turn, defend Facebook against attacks from regulators and the media.”
He mentioned that the proof is in the fact that Zuckerberg has met with the President as recently as just over four months ago on September 19, 2019. And that Zuckerberg’s rejection to fact-check political advertising, “has flung open the door for false, manipulated extreme and incendiary statements.” And presumably clearing the way for any future Trump campaign sourced misinformation and the unavoidable victory of a second term which Soros predicts in his column.
He recognizes Facebook as a social media company and not as a “platform” which means it should be held accountable for all that it publishes.
He attacks Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook, for continuously repeating, “The worn Silicon Valley cliché that Facebook is trying to make the world a better place. But Facebook should be judged by what it does, not what it says.”
He ends with a call for the replacement of Zuckerberg and Sandberg because of their goal of maximizing profits without consequence. “They should not be left in control of Facebook.”
George Soros is expecting a lot from Zuckerberg; he is a software engineer but that doesn’t mean he has any superpowers in solving society’s big problems.
That’s why Zuckerberg has told politicians that he welcomes government regulations.
Soros still sees Zuckerberg executing a carefully planned strategy of using Facebook’s technology and data to re-elect Trump. Such partisanship is highly unlikely and it is a misreading of Zuckerberg’s intent and capabilities.
Zuckerberg is very much like all other software engineers: they know how to write code. They don’t have any special abilities or insights in solving complex societal issues — no matter how much data they have.