Trump not worried about Facebook, says he's one of its biggest stars – CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
Donald Trump is suspicious that he might be denied the Republican presidential nomination because of so-called shenanigans.
He doesn’t believe, however, that Facebook has leaped on the shenanigan wagon too.
Last week, rumors spread that someone at Facebook had wanted to discuss with CEO Mark Zuckerberg whether the company should do something to stop Trump. Facebook claimed strict neutrality.
In an interview on Saturday with “Fox and Friends,” the Republican front-runner said he isn’t worried.
“I think Facebook is good, and I can’t imagine them doing anything,” he said.
Some might worry that the reality TV star and businessman might suffer from a sudden lack of imagination. Trump, though, has an interesting logic fueling his confidence.
“I hate to say it at this stage of my life, but somebody said it, I’m one of their great stars,” he explained.
Stardom is a fickle concept, however.
Trump’s Facebook page has more than 7 million likes. President Barack Obama, for example, has more than 48 million likes. Miley Cyrus has more than 46 million likes. And then there’s Justin Bieber. He has almost 77 million likes.
Trump still has some way to go, therefore, to reach true stardom. Perhaps he’s listening to too many flattering voices.
He also brushed off Zuckerberg’s speech last week in which he argued against “fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others.”
“He didn’t mention me by name,” Trump said. He could, therefore, have been talking about someone else, he said.
Perhaps Trump is taking Facebook too lightly. It must protest its neutrality, but the mere fact that someone at Facebook may have wondered what a company could do to stop a presidential candidate offers an interesting perspective into how some people in Silicon Valley think.
We never really know what happens on the inside of companies such as Facebook and Google, unless they happen to get caught doing something untoward.
These are businesses that insist everyone should trust them — more than everyone should trust the government, even.
Still, if Trump trusts Facebook, that’s quite some celebrity endorsement.