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Mark Zuckerberg had a long timeline. He started from developing Facebook and revolutionizing the social media world. However, as much as he had his success, he’s also had his falls. The Facebook acknowledgement, inciting ethnic cleaning in Myanmar, WhatsApp lynching in India, The Cambridge Analytica, QAnon and the Proud Boys are to name a few.
Before his falls, Mark definitely had different plans. He wanted to have the world at his feet and become the President of the United States. He was so keen on this plan that in 2017, he had plans of traveling across America and getting to know the country from its roots.
In a long -time ago Facebook post, he wishes he spoke to more people about their style of living, working and thinking about the future. His aim was to speak to people in all 50 states and engage with them. He wanted to run for the 2020 presidential election and become the President of the United states. However, his potential candidacy was debated seriously among the press and the public alike. He had money, drive, influence and power.
Now that Joe Biden has become the President of the United States, Zuckerberg might be secretly craving for the job himself. Now that he hasn’t become the president and is undergoing multiple business related complications at the moment, he finds himself alienated politically.
The Director of the American Economic liberties Project Sarah Miller, stated that he is not warmly welcomed into political cocktail parties anymore. Not just recently since Biden became the president but for a long time. Sarah is one of the members of the Joe Biden administration.
Among all tech monopolists, Facebook is seen as the most prominent villain for the government. Although Obama’s administration was considered to be on friendly and even close relations with Silicon Valley if Facebook and even if Joe Biden was on good terms with Mark, he is not anymore. In fact, Biden actually uses Facebook as a byword often for the ills of a free internet service gone wrong.
Last year, during an interview with the New York Times, he stated that he was never a fan of Facebook and never liked Mark Zuckerberg calling him a big problem.
Not just Biden but many political figured dislike Zuckerberg including Bill Russo and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Democrats have blamed Facebook for the incident in 2016 where Republicans use of Cambridge Analytica to micro-target voters was seen as a crucial component to Trump’s victor. The tension between Mark and the democrats could be because of this incident.
Although Biden was not every serious about the issue back then, now the relationship between the two is even worse.
But I guess when you're a billionaire, it doesn't matter as to who like or hates you, let it be the president or the public. But now, Biden has the chance to reconstruct Big Tech companies and reformulate the relationships the users have with social media companies and vice versa. Hence, this could be a turning point and perhaps devastating for Facebook.
The biggest threat for Facebook could be the potential repealing of Section 230. Although it is small, it is a crucial piece of legislation which allows the suing of companies for the things people post on the social media platform.
In the same interview with the New York Times, Joe Biden also said that he wanted Facebook to be revoked immediately. This spells disaster for Mark and his company. It is difficult to process how Facebook might function in it’s current situation without Section 230.
Facebok is also undergoing multiple anti-trust problems and is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and by 46 other states for illegally maintaining its monopoly position by buying competitors.
In fact, Trump himself was not a fan of Facebook, but still used the platform to his benefit and gained from it. Both Trump and his profile supporters are constantly features in the top 10 most shared Facebook posts of the day.
What Biden now decided for the future of the Big Tech company is likely to be framed around his dislike for the social networking site and its emperor, Mark Zuckerberg.
By Meena Atmakuri