Zuckerberg’s sister joins long list of Facebook critics
MARK ZUCKERBERG’S problems have been multiplying after the tycoon’s own sister joined a growing list of Facebook’s critics.
Elder sibling Randi Zuckerberg, who worked alongside the Facebook founder during the social network’s early days, has raised concerns about children’s “relationships through screens” and criticised virtual reality, a technology that Facebook has invested billions of dollars in.
Speaking at an Expedia event in Las Vegas, Ms Zuckerberg said that while “virtual reality has incredible opportunities”, she feared it might become so lifelike that society “will be treating high school children for trauma and post traumatic stress disorder because they are playing board games that feel so real, they think they are in them”.
Her brother bought what was once considered one of the most advanced virtual reality companies, Oculus, for $2bn (£1.6bn) in 2014. The company has developed a virtual reality version of its social network, named Spaces, but it has yet to gain widespread popularity. Critics cite the high price of the Oculus headsets coupled with the associated nausea that wearers often complain about.
Ms Zuckerberg, who now runs Zuckerberg Media, a marketing company that counts the Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil and Condé Nast as clients, was responsible for Facebook Live, the social network’s streaming service. She joined when the company was just a start-up and spent 10 years as its official spokesman before quitting when she grew tired of “being the only woman in the room”.
Ms Zuckerberg said that having children profoundly changed how she felt about technology and that she was concerned about how it has become “constantly normal to have relationships through screens”.
Facebook is currently facing intense criticism over historic plans to share data with other companies and revelations that it hired a PR company to smear rivals.