Filmmaker Ken Burns: Mark Zuckerberg ‘an Enemy of the State’ Who Belongs in Jail
'I hope Zuckerberg is in jail by then'
Iconic filmmaker and historian Ken Burns blasted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, calling him "an enemy of the state" who belongs in prison.
During The New York Times’ "Sway" podcast, where Burns was promoting his new film about Muhammad Ali, he was asked if the Facebook founder could be as culturally significant as the boxing legend in a few decades.
"I mean, I hope Zuckerberg is in jail by then," Burns quipped.
"This is an enemy of the state, and I mean the United States of America."
"He doesn’t give a sh-t about us, the United States," Burns continued.
"He knows he can transcend it."
"He can get away to any place," Burns added.
"And so it’s just about filthy lucre, that’s it."
Burns then blasted Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
"Because these people — and Sheryl is a complicit — the Nuremberg of this, is if it ever happens, which it won’t, will be pretty interesting," Burns said.
"The way that we’ve been able to temporize and say, ‘Oh, it’s okay, we’ll just go a little bit further,’ right?"
Host Kara Swisher answered, "Yeah," and moved on to the next topic.
Burns referred to America's current climate as "the most fraught time" in the history of the Republic.
"We're at this desperate place," Burns said on MSNBC.
"The convergence of all those viruses, the side effects of the misinformation and the paranoia and the lying, voter suppression.
"And then the rewriting of our history are saying that we're not interested in facts.
"We're not interested in the truth.
"We're not interested in the many varied voices that make us up."
In 2019, Facebook's co-founder Chris Hughes called Zuckerberg "dangerous" and "un-American" and is calling for the social media giant to be "broken up."
In a scathing New York Times op-ed, Hughes slammed Zuckerberg for being too powerful, saying, "Mark's power is unprecedented and un-American."
Hughes says that Zuckerberg has created a social media monopoly and has no accountability due to the lack of federal regulations, which has given him "unilateral control" over free speech and censorship.
According to Hughes, the biggest threat at Facebook is Zuckerberg's "unilateral control over speech."
"There is no precedent for his ability to monitor, organize and even censor the conversations of two billion people," he continued.
"Mark's influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government," Hughes wrote.