After making waves last year trolling various public figures while in disguise in his Showtime series, "Who Is America," which led to one notable instance of a Georgia state lawmaker resigning his office in humiliation, Sacha Baron Cohen is back, but this time as himself, and he's attacked Mark Zuckerberg as "One of the six people who decide what information so much of the world sees...." but who's ultimately responsible for propagandizing the masses.
In an acceptance speech while receiving the ADL International Leadership Award he went on a scathing attack against Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google and others, slamming them as representing “the greatest propaganda machine in history”.
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He said before a large audience in New York that while reaching billions of people the US social media giants only care about their bottom line as they amplify hate and lies and messages that "appeal to our baser instincts".
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“All this hate and violence is being facilitated by a handful of internet companies that amount to the greatest propaganda machine in history,” he said.
“Think about it. Facebook, YouTube and Google, Twitter and others – they reach billions of people. The algorithms these platforms depend on deliberately amplify the type of content that keeps users engaged – stories that appeal to our baser instincts and that trigger outrage and fear.”
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And addressing the long-running controversy triggered after the 2016 election, Baron Cohen further took Facebook to task for running political advertisements without fact-checking, even comparing it to propaganda used under the Third Reich.
“If you pay them, Facebook will run any ‘political’ ad you want, even if it’s a lie,” he said. “And they’ll even help you micro-target those lies to their users for maximum effect. Under this twisted logic, if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it...
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