The founder of Facebook took the stage on Instagram surfing the American flag in his hand. A sequence that did not necessarily make people laugh.
Happy 4th of July!” While the United States celebrated its independence as every year this Sunday, July 4, Mark Zuckerberg took the stage in a rather special way on Instagram. No hot dog or barbecue on the program, but a little session of electric American flag surfing, accompanied by the music “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, by John Denver.
A video destined to become a meme that has not gone unnoticed, since barely released, it has already been viewed more than 1.5 million times on Instagram . Who says viral sequence necessarily means chain reactions on social networks. And if some Internet users have had fun with the situation, this is not necessarily the case for everyone.
“This is Mark Zuckerberg, who sums up perfectly why the rest of the world hates Americans,” writes SHERO reporter Amee Vanderpool. “Mark Zuckerberg is trying to act like a human again,” says Christopher Wylie, the Canadian whistleblower behind the “Cambridge Analytica” scandal.
Revealed in 2018 by the Guardian and the New York Times, the case had arisen thanks to the testimony of Christopher Wylie. He had shown how the company had collected data from users of the platform in order to target voters and thus influence the presidential elections in favor of Donald Trump. A collection that Facebook was aware of according to the two newspapers.
“Patriotism, refuge of scoundrels”
It was not the only time that the social network found itself associated with the former President of the United States. Indeed, in 2016, the victory of the American billionaire had earned Facebook many criticisms of their inaction regarding the fake news broadcast on its platform. “The most obvious way in which Facebook allowed Trump’s victory was its inability (or refusal) to deal with the problem of hoaxes or fake news,” insurgent Max Read, columnist at New York Magazine .
So many cases that made Edward Snowden, another very famous American whistleblower, say that it is only “alleged patriotism” on the part of the founder of Facebook . And the American whistleblower uses the words of Samuel Johnson, famous British author of the 18th century: “Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels”.