Zucker­berg Slams Trump at FB Con­fer­ence

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Mark Zucker­berg launched an im­plicit at­tack on Don­ald Trump, sharply crit­i­cis­ing the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial f ront r un­ner’s rhetoric on im­mi­gra­tion and trade by cit­ing “fear­ful voices call­ing for build­ing walls.”

In his key­note ad­dress to his com­pany’s an­nual Face­book F8 de­vel­oper con­fer­ence in San Fran­cisco, the Face­book founder ap­peared to com­pare Trump’s can­di­dacy to op­pres­sive regimes who limit free speech by block­ing ac­cess to the In­ter­net. Zuckerb er g s a id he was “start­ing to see peo­ple and na­tions turn­ing in­ward, against this idea of a con­nected world and a global com­mu­nity. I hear fear­ful voices call­ing for build­ing walls and dis­tanc­ing peo­ple they la­bel as oth­ers. For block­ing free ex­pres­sion, for slow­ing im­mi­gra­tion, re­duc­ing trade, and in some cases around the world even cut­ting ac­cess to the In­ter­net.” The Face­book CEO said the so­cial net­work’s mis­sion was to “con­nect the world” with projects in­clud­ing Aquila, a high-al­ti­tude air­craft that can fly un­manned for months at a time, beam­ing In­ter­net ac­cess to iso­lated re­gions in the de­vel­op­ing world. “We’ve gone from a world of iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties to one global com­mu­nity and we are all bet­ter off for it,” Zucker­berg said.

“Our lives are con­nected,” he went on. “Whether we’re wel­com­ing refugees flee­ing wars or an im­mi­grant seek­ing a new op­por­tu­nity, whether we’re com­ing to­gether to fight global disease like Ebola or to ad­dress cli­mate change, I hope that we have the courage to see that the path for­ward is to bring peo­ple to­gether, not push peo­ple apart, to con­nect more, not less.”

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