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    Hungarian-American billionaire activist George Soros has repeatedly launched offensives against Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg for not being held accountable for the platform’s content and maximising profits at the expense of users.

    Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg should be removed from controlling the company “one way or another”, outspoken Hungarian-American, pro-liberal activist, and hedge fund manager George Soros warned, citing concerns that the CEO’s leadership of the firm could help US President Donald Trump get re-elected.

    “Facebook’s decision not to require fact-checking for political candidates’ advertising in 2020 has flung open the door for false, manipulated, extreme and incendiary statements”, Soros wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times, while slamming Section 230 of America’s Communications Decency Act that protects social media platforms from responsibility for their users’ content which can still receive primary placement even if it is false.

    According to the billionaire, these policies and Facebook management’s bid to maximise profits have created an “informal mutual assistance” between Trump and the social media platform that could help the US president to get re-elected, who will in turn, “defend Facebook against attacks from regulators and the media”.

    “I expressed my fear that with Facebook’s help, Mr. Trump will win the 2020 election”, Soros added.
    In this April 11, 2018 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington
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    In this April 11, 2018 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington
    “I believe that Mr. Trump and Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, realize that their interests are aligned — the president’s in winning elections, Mr. Zuckerberg’s in making money”, the prominent hedge fund manager concluded.

    The financier noted that under the guidance of Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg these policies would remain in place, so they should be removed from their posts, despite ongoing “we-are-trying-to-make-the-world-a-better-place” claims.

    Donald Trump earlier claimed that he was “Number 1 on Facebook”, citing an alleged remark by Zuckerberg during a White House dinner event in October 2019, a meeting that remained undisclosed for some time.

    Soros first made claims about an informal alliance between Trump and Zuckerberg last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he also accused the US president of “narcissism” that had allegedly turned into a “malignant disease”.

    The founder of the Open Society Foundations, an organisation that has sparked numerous controversies and conspiracy theories around the world, has been attacking Facebook for several years, accusing it of manipulating users’ attention and getting them hooked on the platform’s services.

    George Soros, who is an outspoken defender of open borders, has repeatedly attacked Donald Trump and his stance on immigration. The billionaire has been harshly condemned by world leaders, including Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, for promoting increased migration to the US and Europe.

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