Ari Melber Hits Zuckerberg: Facebook Doesn’t Care if it Posts Propaganda ‘As Long As You Keep Clicking’


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been a regular target for MSNBC’s Ari Melber. In October, The Beat host took on the Facebook creator for using hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as a prop to promote a new app. Then on Nov. 1, Melber called out Zuckerberg for ducking Congressional hearings on how Facebook was used by the Russians to interfere in the 2016 election.

Wednesday night, Melber blasted Zuckerberg once more. His charge this time? Facebook isn’t concerned about posting fake news. It is only concerned with the traffic.

“Facebook doesn’t just want to you connect,” Melber said. “It wants to you crave those connections. It stokes just about anything that meets that profitable craving. As a platform, they don’t care if news is real or propaganda from Russia as long as you keep clicking.”

The Beat host went on to turn the focus specifically on Zuckerberg.

“[T]he question for Mark Zuckerberg, again, is the same question for catching fake news or stopping Russian propaganda: If you really want to stop it on Facebook, why don’t you make it stop?…Mark is brilliant. And smart people don’t usually defend the indefensible in public.”

Melber concluded that Zuckerberg, by willfully turning a blind eye to fake news, is putting profit over any responsibility to the public.

“It demonstrates a very old saying in tech circles,” Melber said. “If you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer, you are the product being sold. And if Mark has turned all of us users into a product, it may explain how he treats us.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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