Today, Facebook kicks off its sixth F8 developer’s conference, which usually means the announcement of a few new bells and whistles to the platform, plus some ambitious plans to take over the world. But before he could get to any of that, CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg got uncharacteristically political.
“As I look around and I travel around the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community,” he said in his opening keynote speech in San Francisco. “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.”
It’s pretty clear that by “voices,” Zuckerberg was passive-aggressively referring to Republican presidential primary frontrunner Donald Trump, who has called for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, a ban on all Muslims from entering the United States and a defense strategy that would somehow shut down the Internet in Islamic State-controlled areas of Syria and Iraq.
Zuckerberg then made it clear that he sees Trump’s policies as standing in direct conflict with Facebook’s “roadmap” for the future, and vowed to work even harder to bring people together.
“Instead of building walls, we can help people build bridges.” he said, echoing a line from recent Hillary Clinton stump speeches in which she contrasts knocking down barriers with Trump’s promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. That, and a February speech in which Pope Francis said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.” Walls these days: a very controversial thing.
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Brace yourself for the Trump rant on Twitter that’s sure to come in reply.