Sacha Baron Cohen tweeted out a photo featuring President Donald Trump and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Saturday with the caption “One down. One to go.” He uploaded the photo of the two men speaking in the Oval Office shortly after the announcement that Joe Biden won the election.
The Borat actor has openly loathed both men, going as far as to make that disgust the centerpiece of his most recent movie Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
Sacha Baron Cohen versus Mark Zuckerberg
Sacha Baron Cohen first openly attacked Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook while accepting an award from the Anti-Defamation League. In his speech, he called Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube the “the greatest propaganda machine in history.”
Moreover, the actor said social media sites fuel misinformation and have energized racists, authoritarian regimes, and ultra-nationalists. Meanwhile leading to violence, the Guardian reported him saying.
“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. It’s why YouTube recommended videos by the conspiracist Alex Jones billions of times. It’s why fake news outperforms real news because studies show that lies spread faster than truth … As one headline put it, just think what Goebbels could have done with Facebook.”
Above all, Baron Cohen claimed Facebook’s ambivalence toward the truth has helped spread baseless conspiracy theories and harmful lies.
“Under this twisted logic,” he said, “if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his ‘solution’ to the ‘Jewish problem’.”
He called out the Facebook chief a few months later at the Golden Globes. Baron Cohen was announcing JoJo Rabbit‘s best picture nomination.
“The hero of this next movie is a naive, misguided child who spreads Nazi propaganda and only has imaginary friends. His name is Mark Zuckerberg,” he said, according to Variety.
However, for their part, Facebook told the Guardian that “Sacha Baron Cohen misrepresented Facebook’s policies. Hate speech is actually banned on our platform. … Nobody – including politicians – can advocate or advertise hate, violence or mass murder on Facebook”