'America isn't easy': It's a war of words between Aaron Sorkin and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook and its CEO Zuckerberg have recently been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and the blows seem to keep coming.
The New York Times released, early yesterday, a blistering opinion-editorial by Aaron Sorkin, the writer behind the 2010 Hollywood film The Social Network.
In the piece titled 'An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg', Sorkin zeroes in on Zuckerberg accusing him of 'assaulting truth' and defending his company's policy of 'posting demonstrably false ads from political candidates'.
Threading in experiences from making The Social Network, the screenwriter went on to condemn Zuckerberg for his role in enabling 'crazy lies pumped into the water supply that corrupt the most important decisions we make together'.
True to the words on the 2010 movie poster, “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies" - Zuckerberg has earned himself some harsh critics, but rarely chooses to respond to the accusations. But not this time around.
Taking to the platform of his choice - Facebook, Zuckerberg hit back with a quote taken from one of Sorkin's movies The American President, reading "America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight..."
This public slam follows yet another one, with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey taking a direct jab at Zuckerberg, tweeting that Twitter will ban all political advertising on its platform from the 22nd of November.
A final note. This isn’t about free expression. This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle. It’s worth stepping back in order to address.— jack (@jack) October 30, 2019