Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly losing support amongst his peers in Silicon Valley following Facebook’s latest user data scandal.
Bloomberg reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been left with few defenders in Silicon Valley following his company’s latest user data scandal. Amongst Zuckerberg’s biggest critics in the tech industry is Apple CEO Tim Cook, Tesla’s Elon Musk and Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff, while many other Silicon Valley firms have fallen silent in the wake of the Facebook user data scandal, a stark contrast to how tech firms usually react when one of their own is attacked.
When other major tech brands have been questioned by the government — which Mark Zuckerberg very likely will be as he has been called to testify before Congress twice — Silicon Valley companies have rallied behind those attacked, such as when Apple fought with the FBI to protect the unlocking of an encrypted iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino terrorist. Gennie Gebhart, a researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, stated “Protecting privacy is good for business now. Users are looking for other big tech personalities like Tim Cook, like Elon Musk, to be reassured that they’re not doing what Facebook did.”
Cook has particularly taken issue with Facebook following their most recent scandal stating that he “wouldn’t be in this situation” if he were Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg gave a lengthy response to Cook saying “I find that argument — that if you’re not paying, that somehow we can’t care about you — to be extremely glib and not at all aligned with the truth.” He continued “There are a lot of people who can’t afford to pay” for a service and an “advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people.” Zuckerberg stated, “If you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to have something that people can afford.”
Anthony DiClemente, an analyst at Evercore ISI, seemed surprised at Cook’s reaction to the Facebook controversy saying “In a normal state, I wouldn’t expect Tim Cook to be a natural defender of Facebook’s interests.” Gennie Gebhart stated that social media companies continued abuse of user data is going to be a huge issue as users become more conscious of how their personal details are being used. “This is about the entire web surveillance-based and advertising-powered business model,” she said. “Facebook is just the worst or best at it, depending on your view of surveillance.”
Salesforce’s Marc Benioff has called for Facebook to be regulated for some time at one point saying “I got in trouble with friends of mine at Facebook, who were calling me and very upset with me because I said, ‘Facebook is the new cigarettes.”’ He continued “It’s addictive, it’s not good for you and there’s outside forces trying to manipulate you to use it.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave a much shorter reason for the deletion of his companies Facebook pages. “Just don’t like Facebook,” he wrote. “Gives me the willies. Sorry.”
So it would seem from the outside that Facebook is being hung out to dry by its competition. But the real question is, are these companies operating any differently to Facebook? For the likes of Apple and Google, the answer is probably no.
SILICON VALLEY OLIGARCHS: DEMOCRACY IS NOT YOUR PLAY-THING!
Certain California State officials, Obama White House Staff and Federal Agency staff accepted bribes from Silicon Valley Oligarchs and Investment Bank Cartels. They were bribed with: Billions of dollars of Google, Twitter, Facebook, Tesla, Netflix and Sony Pictures stock and stock warrants which is never reported to the FEC; Billions of dollars of Google, Twitter, Facebook, Tesla, Netflix and Sony Pictures search engine rigging and shadow-banning which is never reported to the FEC; Free rent; Male and female prostitutes; Cars; Dinners; Party Financing; Sports Event Tickets; Political campaign printing and mailing services "Donations"; Secret PAC Financing; Jobs in Corporations in Silicon Valley For The Family Members of Those Who Take Bribes And Those Who Take Bribes; "Consulting" contracts from McKinsey as fronted pay-off gigs; Overpriced "Speaking Engagements" which are really just pay-offs conduited for donors; Gallery art; Private jet rides and the use of Government fuel depots (ie: Google handed out NASA jet fuel to staff); Recreational drugs; Real Estate; Fake mortgages; The use of Cayman, Boca Des Tores, Swiss and related money-laundering accounts; The use of HSBC, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Deustche Bank money laundering accounts and covert stock accounts; Free spam and bulk mailing services owned by Silicon Valley corporations; Use of high tech law firms such as Perkins Coie, Wilson Sonsini, MoFo, Covington & Burling, etc. to conduit bribes to officials; and other means now documented by us, The FBI, the FTC, The SEC, The FEC and journalists.
These Certain California State officials, Obama White House Staff and Federal Agency staff have deployed every trick in the book to harm, damage, intimidate and pay-back those who reported them. They are engaging in REVENGE by abusing State, County and Federal Agencies to use Government resources to attack, benefit-block and damage members of the public in reprisal!
When you peel back the onion-skin of corruption around the covert stock market and investment bank holdings of Eric Schmidt, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Elon Musk, etc.; you find that they are invested in something called "rare-earth mining". Rare earth mines are generally in third world nations and use child slave labor. These toxic corrupt operations are responsible for more murders, beatings, rapes and genocides (over control of these "blood minerals") than anything on Earth. These minerals are used in the electric cars, cell phones and solar panels that Silicon Valley has attempted to control. So, you see, it isn't about "saving the environment"; it is about greed, bribes and corruption on an epic scale.
WHO IS PROTECTING THESE OVERTLY CRIMINAL POLITICIANS, TECH OLIGARCHS, LOBBYISTS AND OPERATIVES FROM ARREST AND PROSECUTION? ARE OSC, DOJ, FBI, FEC AND SEC REGULATORS GETTING BRIBES, REVOLVING-DOOR JOBS AND STOCK TO STONEWALL PROSECUTION? OUR TEAM IS NOW CONTRACTING COMMUNITY LEGAL GROUPS AND PRO-BONO LAWYERS TO FILE RICO, CLASS-ACTION AND PERSONAL CIVIL LITIGATION AGAINST THE SUSPECTS. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOUR LEGAL OFFICE IS INTERESTED IN REPRESENTING ON A CONTINGENCY-FEE BASIS.