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Progressives Attack Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg for Pandering to Conservatives

Erik Sofranko

Posted on March 3, 2021 00:40

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Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks progressive political commentary show, has repeatedly been a vocal critic of Zuckerburg’s political philosophy as a big tech CEO. Zuckerburg owns Facebook, which also owns the popular social media network Instagram.

Cenk Uygur is considered to be the face of the progressive wing of the media. He owns and hosts The Young Turks, which is an independent media channel on multiple online platforms that many consider to be the only major media platform that carries a progressive political philosophy. Uygur has a long history of attacking billionaires for “hoarding wealth” and funding right-wing politicians who keep tax loopholes in place.

 
Uygur recently tweeted his criticism of Zuckerburg: “When will it finally dawn on people that Mark Zuckerburg is actually right-wing? They always act surprised when he goes out of his way to help conservatives. Did it occur to people that maybe a billionaire like him is a Republican? And WANTS to help right-winger?”

 
His tweet came after Mark Zuckerburg intervened in the Facebook board’s decision to take down controversial posts from far-right media figures, including Dinesh D’Souza and Alex Jones. Zuckerburg ruled that their views would still allowed to be shared on the platforms of Facebook and Instagram, which are both run by Zuckerburg. Some of the controversial posts that have been shared include QAnon conspiracies, such as the 9/11 attacks being orchestrated by the U.S. government, school shootings being pre-staged events, the Clintons being responsible for the crashing of JFK Jr.’s airplane, and many more.

 
As a private big tech CEO, Mark Zuckerburg has the freedom to decide what kind of content should be allowed on his platforms. The government cannot restrict his ability to control its content.  When someone like him is put in this position of full discretion, he is bound to upset people of all ideological persuasions at some point.


Cenk Uygur again expressed frustration with Zuckerburg in another tweet: “The problem isn’t that Mark Zuckerberg has dinners with conservatives, it’s that he doesn’t have them with progressives. It wouldn’t even occur to him to hear us out even though we have far larger audiences. Conservatives are great at getting what they want by constantly crying.”


Zuckerburg has repeatedly claimed that he does not want to be perceived as partisan in any way. A major complaint from progressives is that Zuckerburg’s money does not go where it should. He takes advantage of tax loopholes that have been in place for decades to be able to decide where his money goes. He has given large sums of money to various charities in order to receive tax credits.

Progressives like Cenk Uygur would rather have billionaires like Zuckerburg pay a significantly higher tax rate without the ability to receive any credits or deductions than give millions of dollars to private sector charities and non-profit organizations.

Erik Sofranko

Posted on March 3, 2021 00:40

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